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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.