• Apr 17, 2009
Our reaction would be markedly different after getting busted for 5 mph over. Rather than excoriate the revenue enhancement agent for harassing a man of the people, Warren, MI mayor Jim Fouts was worried that the verbal warning he initially received might be viewed as favoritism by some.
Amidst chatter of questionable sanity, the mayor rang up the police department later in the day, at which point he reportedly demanded to receive a citation. Police obliged the $100 ticket, which Fouts promptly paid by dispatching a staffer to make the cash drop.

The mayor may have rightly assumed that some might view a warning as lopsided justice, but it's not like he was street racing his Dodge Charger. The gesture is clearly garnering good publicity (which cynically, could have been the objective as well). Further, we have to wonder if all the ceremony and special trips by staffers of both the police and the mayor's own office ended up costing more than the $100 he put back into the revenue pot.

At least it wasn't a red-light ticketbot.

[Soure: WXYZ, Photo: Washington Times]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      ... and i thought kilpatrick was crazy. lol

      I see his point, but on the other hand im sure he was let go because 1.) the state of michigan can't handle any more bad press ( especially involving another politition breaking ANY law, regardless of what the law might be) and 2.) 5mph over just inst a big deal

      I see he was trying to do the noble thing, but at the expense of making the Detroit area seem even more questionable than it already is just to make yourself look noble just might be the ultimate selfish act. he shouldve lectured the police officer about it and continued on his way without making a big scene about it
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why say "Detroit area" why not just put "Warren, MI"??? The media always does this crap..... No matter what happens, they use Metro Detroit, Detroit Area.....etc. Nobody would care if the story was about saving puppies, Well then they use the actual name, but negative stuff always get that "Detroit" tied to it.....

      ....kinda sucks!!

      • 5 Years Ago
      He had two choices: verbal warning or ticket.

      You can argue his motives, but I think he choose the lesser of the two evils.

      Give him a break already....
      • 5 Years Ago
      "street racing his Dodge Charger..."

      lol

      i got it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So cops are "revenue enhancement agents?" Kind of offensive. Not gonna lie.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's what cops are there for. Especially in those small towns.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i'd say "revenue enhancement agent" is a pretty factual analysis of what cops really are...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty sweet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      testing
      • 5 Years Ago
      unless he pays that government staffer out of his own pocket, he's still a jerkhole for sending someone to pay it rather than taking time out of his own busy day. Maybe not a $100 jerkhole, but at least $30.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please, please, please, anyone from Detroit stay away from Texas.
      • 5 Years Ago
      But did the ticket count towards the cop's quota?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait a minute...did he just use the City's dime to deliver his ticket payment? That's illegal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Doesn't anyone find it ironic that he used govt paid resources to deal with a personal ticket because he was worried about the potential view of improprierity? To me sending a staffer out to pay your ticket is worse than getting let off with a warning, it was far more wasteful and inapropriate. Should have just asked the cop to go get him a donut.
        • 5 Years Ago
        FYI. The city hall where the Mayor is and the police station are literally 50 feet from each other. Granted he could have walked himself over there, the staffer could have spent more time going to the bathroom than dropping off the payment.
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