On Sept. 27, Taoufik Moalla was on his way to buy a bottle of water, happily singing along to C+C Music Factory’s 1990 song “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” when he says he heard a police siren blaring behind him.
“I was thinking they wanted to pass, but they called on the speaker, ‘Please go to the right side,’” Moalla told CTV Montreal. “I stopped and four police came, two on each side, and checked the inside of the car. Then they asked me if I screamed. I said, ‘No, I was just singing.’”
Moalla said police checked his licence and registration and then came back with a $149 dollar surprise: a ticket for screaming in public. According to a Montreal bylaw, “to cause disorder by screaming” violates “peace and tranquility” and can be punishable by a fine of $50 to $1,000 for a first offence and $100 to $2,000 for subsequent infractions.
“I don’t know if my voice was very bad and that’s why I got the ticket, but I was very shocked,” Moalla said. “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.”
If loudly singing "Gonna Make You Sweat" in the privacy of your own car is a crime, then slap the cuffs on me, boys. If you're not joining in with that powerful voice singing "Everybody dance now!" then you simply don't have a pulse, and if you have such a problem with someone else doing it that you're willing to set them back the price of a beautiful heavy duty sewing machine plus a burrito at Chipotle, then you have a big ol dump in your pants. Honestly, every time I hear that song, I go full Michael Scott in Cafe Disco: