Even with the proliferation of digital cameras providing endless streams of seemingly irrefutable video evidence, there are still many sides of any given story that go unknown. And that is most likely what's going on with this video. What we do know is that YouTube user JokRKidd has a neighbor that really doesn't like him, and that he lives in a city with some questionable laws. How questionable you ask? More questionable than the laws that used to make it illegal to park a pickup truck in the driveway of a private residence at night in Coral Gables, FL.

In Garden City, NY, there is apparently a village ordinance aimed at preventing people from washing their cars (and furniture) in public places. That doesn't sound terribly absurd, but what what takes things up a notch is these officers' judgement – their reading of the code about "public places" also includes washing vehicles on private property in public view.

In this video, a pair of police officers show up as two men are about to wash a Volkswagen Golf in a private driveway, but instead of a ticket, they get a free lesson in local laws. While the interpretation of the law – especially in regards to what is defined as a "public place" – is questionable at best, we're fairly certain that there's more going on here than a car wash and an angry neighbor. Scroll down to check out the video for yourself, and let us know what you think in Comments.


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      Typesbad
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where, then, would you wash your car in that town? Does the mayor own a string of carwashes?
      AJP
      • 1 Year Ago
      One needs understand Garden City, NY to understand this story. It is a relatively upscale neighborhood. I once got stopped by an officer for bicycling past and elementary school in that town at 3PM in the afternoon.
      Bungle
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess this is the caucasian version of a stop-and-frisk?
      Doug
      • 1 Year Ago
      178-3Cleaning or washing of rugs, furniture or vehicles. No person shall wash or cause to be washed, clean or cause to be cleaned, beat or cause to be beaten any rugs, curtains, furniture, tapestry, clothing or other like articles upon any sidewalk, public street, highway or public place within the village, and no person shall wash or cause to be washed any motor vehicle or like conveyance upon any public street, highway or public place. Public place is the street, not the home owners personal driveway. They need to re-read the rules.
      Lawrence
      • 1 Year Ago
      A good demonstration of cop stupidity and threats. Meanwhile, Porker Pig parks his car in the MIDDLE of the road with NO FLASHING LIGHTS, and pushes his fat pig obnoxiousness. Maybe this guys neighbor would prefer ganbangers move into the neighborhood, rather than this guy washing a car in his own driveway.
      Bill
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is a whole bunch of stupid going on here.....Stupid A-hole neighbor, and cops who do not know the difference in public and private property......
      Nice
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reading is fundamental and understanding what you read is critical. The sad part is, despite being wrong in the interpretation of what he read out load, the police officer resorted to threats that were completely out of line. Essentially you do as we say whether we are wrong or right or else. Police deal with a lot of jerks but that does not give them any excuse for being jerks themselves.
      ishoothomes
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am a real estate photographer and was shooting an empty house for sale when a snoopy neighbor called the police on me and told them I was breaking into the house. The A-hole cops arrived with 4 squad cars and with guns drawn told me to put the camera on the ground. They handcuffed me and bashed my head into the squad car hood and as I tried to explain to them what I was doing they told me to shut up. They accused me of being on drugs cause I walked "funny." I told them, "I'm 72 years old. You'll walk funny too when you're my age." They bashed my head onto the hood of the car again and said if I talked again they would arrest me and throw me in jail. Yes, this is our wonderful police system at work. I tried to sue but was told by several lawyers that unless the event was videotaped, the judge ALWAYS sides with the crooked police. To this day - I hate ALL policemen. I would NEVER call them even to save my life or someone else's. You never know what they will do. A friend said, "They are the biggest LEGAL gangs in the U.S."
      stickshiftn69
      • 1 Year Ago
      this is absolutely the most ridiculous thing i have ever heard in my life. if this is what new york is coming to then i am going to need to get the **** out of here soon. these rich douchebag self important @55holes ruin everything for everybody. if this is not interfering with my freedom than i dont know what is. why the **** is washing something on private property illegal , and why the **** is my tax money going towards police being car washing nazis??? this is fcuking retarded
      Leon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Some A Hole neighbor should be arrested for calling the police. The cop almost seemed embarrassed to have to deal with that bs.
      MJC
      • 1 Year Ago
      The police do these things because we allow them to do these things.
      bobwaltjr
      • 1 Year Ago
      First, lets see the ordinance: Article II. Washing on Streets and Sidewalks [Adopted 10-5-1967 as Ord. No. 1.2 of the Revised Unified Code of Ordinances] ยง 178-3. Cleaning or washing of rugs, furniture or vehicles. No person shall wash or cause to be washed, clean or cause to be cleaned, beat or cause to be beaten any rugs, curtains, furniture, tapestry, clothing or other like articles upon any sidewalk, public street, highway or public place within the village, and no person shall wash or cause to be washed any motor vehicle or like conveyance upon any public street, highway or public place. (A) Title says "Streets" and "Sidewalks", does not say "Private Driveway" (B) "upon any public street, highway or public place." this clearly does not include a "Private Driveway" (C) There is no mention nor remote interpetation of "Public View" Clearly the neighbor called the police and threw a fit (why would this officer be directed by his Lt. and not the dispatcher). So neighbor called police, ranted and raved, demanded to speak to a superior, etc. etc. Poor officer on sight is clearly being direct and polite and warning about "what he's been directed to do by his boss the Lt.). They should have asked the officer for the Lt's name and then contacted the Lt. about "his" interpetation. And then they should wash the car, but be prepared for a court date to argue their case in front of a judge.
        Tom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bobwaltjr
        IF they had proceeded, they would then be in violation of not obeying a direct order of a police officer. They could then be jailed for. Even though the main ticket violation would be dismissed, the not obeying the direction or order of a police officer would now and they would have spent a day in jail. They did the best thing by not escalating the issue. Again, the officer is "stuck" in the middle on this. The best course of action is to go to Town Hall and get a statement from code enforcement on the term "public" places. With that statement, they could then refute any attempt at a ticket on his property. Dig even further in some towns and it's still illegal to sneeze in public places, or stand within three feet of a woman whom you are not married, good old "Blue Code Laws" are there. Neighbors with too much time and a little chip on their shoulder will find something to argue about.
          SC
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tom
          umm no. There was no direct order by a police officer.
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