For cryin’ out loud, buckle your dummy!
I will admit, the HOV lanes are competitive and controversial in WA state. In an effort to beat them people have tried many methods. When commuters grow weary of seeing others using the lanes with only a child in the car, obviously not a work
mate…they sometimes opt for a realistic dummy, since officers do not allow your Standard Poodle to count. In fact, some companies make an excellent living producing one "lifelike" half of a very happy and speedy couple!
That is why what happened Wednesday was all the more peculiar. A police spokeswoman said the officer watching the lanes near Bellevue. Note: raise your nose ever so slightly as if there is an unpleasant odor. Masterfully handle your latte and Blackberry , you’ll start to fit in – as long as your car is "right"
and you can display the requisite accordion folder of gold cards. Failure can mean deportment to south of Seattle!
I digress, but you’ll see why it was odd that the patrolman let one particular car go by . In fact, the only thing which caught his eye was the glint from the unbuckled safety harness of the passenger.
The officer did NOT notice the passenger was Gandalf the Wizard from Lord of the Rings, just the safety harness. A wizened (once – pointy hatted) man, with flowing white locks, and equally long beard,did not attract the officer at all. Obviously it wasn’t Gandalf, but rather a dummy (actual dummy) wearing a Gandalf mask, beard, and sporting a baseball cap, and rainwear to cover the plastic piping from which he’d been constructed.
The recalcitrant motorist admitted to the ruse, and was issued a $124. ticket, but in perhaps the cruelest blow of all, Gandalf was confiscated. Look for him at the next Seattle Police confiscated and lost items sale.
Gandalf the Wizard Caught in WA State HOV Lane..Safety Harness Infraction