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Victory for Compliments Today!

CASE DISMISSED!

I walked to the courthouse this morning only 2.3 miles one direction. Unshaven for weeks now and wearing black army boots with my shirt out of my jeans and a faded old almost black sweater my sister gave me years ago. I looked like a pirate and felt it was the needed apparel as I entered a government pirate ship. Delayed at security as the metal detector kept going off.  The case was scheduled on the 3rd floor and finally I made my way up the stairs. I’m OK with elevators but prefer stairs for many reasons.

My arrival inside the courtroom was 15 minutes early. Upon sitting down I was asked to take off my head ware. My head ware was simply a bandanna.  I guess they did not want another pirate in the room. After removing the bandanna I observed the prosecutors and the whole court room. The judge was female and had a good vibe. The 3 prosecutors were like clerks in a grocery store, 1 female and 2 males. Only difference  was a  routine of words, pen and paper replaced a scanner and beeping sounds. They could not identify my case as a typo changed my last name. I thought this alone is probably enough reason to dismiss the case but then proceeded to help them correct their error.

It was my turn now to sit down and be funneled like water around their system. Surprising, the prosecutor named Tracy Shahan pronounced my name correctly. Only 1 in 10 people pronounce my last name correctly on the 1st try. I told her this as I proceeded to sit down in front of her.  I said immediately no reason for you to tell me my options. I told her firmly but kindly you will be dismissing this case. She replied: I doubt it very much. I told her I have an email dated from back in June from the Mayor’s office stating I do not need a permit. She reached for my phone to see it and I said I prefer to email to you. She wrote her email on a piece of folded paper and handed it to me slowly. I than mentioned if this email is not enough I have 9 more valid reasons for dismissal.

We both remained silent as she viewed the email for several minutes on her computer and verified it was real. She than broke the silence and said we will be dismissing the case. She also mentioned you really did your research. Yep I did. She than said the dismissal will be online in a few hours. I requested that I wait for a paper copy. I was not going to risk another error. Errors with courts can improperly put you in jail. Jail is a place I prefer not to visit ever. Within 5 minutes the judge signed the dismissal and I was on my way. Victory. I could have recourse with the city over this matter since the police officer ignored me regarding my information. This time I will go forward forgiving the officer for wasting my time. Next time I will not stop giving compliments if ticketed again and or arrested for no valid reason I will exercise full recourse.

Thanks for reading this far. I appreciate your support.

The Compliment Guy/Man

 

Police officer writing “The Compliment Guy” a ticket in Austin, Texas.

Officer interpreting the law applying it to my use of a megaphone.
Officer interpreting the law applying it to my use of a megaphone.

 

On 10/11/15 The Compliment Guy was given a ticket under an “outdoor music permit ordinance 9-2-11. The officer approached me earlier in the day as he barged out of Allen boots where he was moonlighting as security. He took the time to print out the ordinance and highlight with yellow marker the clause on megaphones. I told him it does not apply to me and I cannot even get a permit for what I do as I tried months ago when you told me I needed to  before.

On the 6th of November I”m confident the case will be thrown out for 5 reasons:

1-I’m not a music venue, I’m not made of brick and mortar.

2-I have an email from the Mayor’s office stating I do not need a permit for what I do, nor is their a permit available for what I do.

3- 1st amendment right for free speech, free assembly with a public cause. My cause is seeing people smile, and feel good.

4- I was not playing music nor breaking sound decibel laws.

5- No one called in to complain, nor did I disturb the peace. If anything I helped keep the peace by helping people feel good.

Well lets see what happens on the 6th. If for some reason it is not thrown out a jury trial will be requested and I will compliment everyone in the room with my opening statement. Is it not the job of a police officer to keep the peace and if so than I should have been allowed to keep doing what I love, Giving Compliments with my megaphone.

UPDATE: I went to the court house on the 6th and was told by the clerk prosecuting attorney does not work on Fridays. I was told previously I could see the prosecutor on my ticket date. I’m now scheduled for December 1 to meet with the prosecuting attorney.

Oh well based on my past experience with anything government related this is to be expected. No big deal, will deal with it on the 1st if no glitches.