There’s an urban legend that back in the 1970’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan — where the penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana was only a $5 fine at that time — students would routinely tape $5 bills to their shirts and then walk around town openly smoking joints wherever they pleased. Kind of awesome, right?
Well, it turns out Mitt Romney engaged in a similar type of civil disobedience back in the summer of 1981, except WAY, WAY, WAY lamer.
The incident occured during a family outing at Lake Cochituate, about an hour outside Boston. As Romney prepared to put his boat into the water, a park officer stopped him, warning Romney not to launch because his license appeared to have been painted over and was not visible. The officer told Romney if he put his boat into the water he would be issued a $50 fine. No problem, though! Mitt just decided to take the fine and then proceeded to lower his boat into the water. Suprisingly, the officer did not take kindly to this:
“When he began to put his boat in the water again, Romney said the park ranger reappeared, furious over Romney’s defiance, and arrested him. Romney said he was handcuffed and taken to the Natick police station and booked.”
Naturally, Romney then did what any self-respecting Wasp would do:
“Several days later, Romney appeared in Natick District Court and threatened to sue the arresting office for a false arrest. The charges were dropped and sealed at Romney’s request.
‘He did not have the right to arrest me because I was not a disorderly person. This was an obvious case of false arrest,’ Romney said. ‘The officer obviously agreed because he agreed to dropping the case.'”
Why not just take the crew on a family pot-smoking trip next time, Mitt? You’ll save yourself $45 and the hassle of being arrested. And you’ll seem a lot less lame, too.
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