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Remember the days when you could dash off to the grocery store with-out make-up? You could throw a coat over your pajamas, even your menopause pajamas and run an errand? What you say? You still can, you are not a celebrity! What if your dashing results in a camera traffic ticket? There in your mailbox arrives is a picture of yourself in all your unmade-up glory driving your very own car violating some traffic law.

Gone are the days when you could try to explain away to that kind police officer your reason for running a red light, or going 10 miles over the speed limit. In a flash you are caught on camera breaking the law. Camera traffic tickets originally showed everyone in the car when the picture was taken. Now the picture ticket that arrives at your home just shows the driver. Evidently there was a law suit in some state that lead to divorce because the driver and passenger were not supposed to be together. Cities that employ camera tickets just want the fines paid, no law suits and no excuses.

Traffic camera ticket cities employ people to crop the photos and then make a copy and send it in the mail. In this day of digital technology, I wonder about the pictures and the cropped out pictures. Do the people in the office look at them and say, "Should have put on some make-up"; Are those menopause pajamas under her coat"? On the cropped off photos do they laugh and point and say "Look at that sourpuss"? Since hardly anyone has film developed any longer is it a water cooler joke to look at, ridicule or make fun of the traffic violators? The bottom line is Allan Funk was right before his time when he said "Smile you are on Candid Camera" except now it is "Smile you are on traffic camera"!




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