A Canadian man's singing has landed him in hot water with the law after police pulled him over and issued him a $149 ticket for singing too loudly in his car.
Taoufik Moalla says he had just left his house and was on the way to the grocery store when police pulled him over, the Montreal Gazette notes.
The Montreal father of two had been listening to one of his favorite songs, C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)," and was belting out the chorus as he drove when four officers reportedly circled his car.
Moalla didn't understand why the police were pulling him over, and initially thought the officers wanted him to move out of their way, according to The Associated Press.
"They asked me if I was screaming," Moalla told the Gazette. "I said, 'No, I was singing.' I was singing the refrain 'Everybody Dance Now,' but it wasn't loud enough to disturb anyone."
Moalla says the police asked for his license and registration and eventually issued him a $149 ticket for "screaming in a public place."
Moalla is challenging the ticket on the grounds that the inside of his car is not a public space.
"To give me a ticket for that is a bit strange," he said, according to the Gazette. "I wasn't screaming, I was singing. In my car."
Even the mayor of Montreal, Denis Corderre, sings in his car, telling the AP that his go-to song is Queen's 1977 hit, "We Are The Champions."
Police in Canada have come under criticism for issuing tickets for seemingly absurd reasons on multiple recent occasions.
In September, police ticketed an Alberta man for driving 1 kilometer per hour faster than the speed limit, according to Global News.
The driver's girlfriend posted a picture of the ticket on Facebook, which was shared more than 2,500 times.
The ticket was eventually rescinded because the officer who issued it incorrectly checked a box indicating the driver's speed had been determined by radar, when it was actually done by the officer.
In a separate case in January, police in Alberta issued a $465 ticket to a man who was driving with a "mutilated license."
In a video the driver Dave Balay posted to Facebook after the incident, Balay shows his license that is cracked after being kept in his wallet that he carries in his back pocket, according to Global News.
"I don't think anybody, or very few, people knew [about mutilated licenses] prior to when I put that video out," Balay told Global News. "If it is an infraction, then there should be a public service announcement of some sort."