Next time you crank up the radio for a good singalong, take a careful look around for police. A Canadian father-of-two has recently been handed a ticket by cops, after his impromptu performance was mistaken for screaming.
Taofik Moalla says he was driving to the shops in his home city of Montreal when he slid a CD into his car stereo. His song of choice? Gonna Make You Sweat, by C+C Music Factory – complete with its high-pitched first line "Everybody dance now!"
Moalla says after singing the line, he was accosted by police, who asked him if he was screaming. Despite his protests that he was just singing along, he was handed a $149 ticket – around £88.50 – for the offence of 'screaming in public'.
"They asked me if I was screaming. I said, 'No, I was singing,' " Moalla told the Montreal Gazette. "I was singing the refrain 'Everybody Dance Now,' but it wasn't loud enough to disturb anyone."
Moalla says he intends to appeal the fine in court, but perhaps his story will have people considering Johnny Cash, Barry White or other deep-voiced singers out of fear of a similar fine – at least until 'crooning in public' is criminalised...