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Canadian man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now' in car

By Ray Downs
Canadian man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now' in car
A Canadian man said he was pulled over for singing in his car and given a $149 ticket. File Photo by UPI/Shutterstock/Jaromir Chalabala

Oct. 23 (UPI) -- A Canadian man was stopped by police for singing in his car and slapped with a $149 ticket.

The incident happened on Sept. 27 in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, when Taoufik Moalla sang the 1990s hit Everybody Dance Now by C+C Music Factory and the music was interrupted by police sirens.

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"I was thinking they wanted to pass, but they called on the speaker 'Please go to the right side,'" Moalla told CTV News. "I stopped and four police came, two on each side, and checked the inside of the car."

Police asked Moalla if he'd been screaming.

"No, I was just listening to my favourite song," Moalla answered. "I repeated, 'Everybody dance now!'"

Police, though, determined he had been screaming -- which is a violation in Quebec.

"I don't know if my voice was very bad and that's why I got the ticket," Moalla said. "But I was very shocked. I understand if they are doing their job, they are allowed to check if everything's okay, if I kidnapped someone or if there's danger inside but I would never expect they would give me a ticket for that."

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Moalla said he will appeal the ticket.

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