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Old 08-03-07, 05:50 AM   #1
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Ring my bell

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For him, the bell's toll was heavy: a $572 fine
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 08/2/07
BY ERIK LARSEN
COASTAL MONMOUTH BUREAU


BELMAR Straddling his bicycle in front of a popular bar in town, Joseph Palermo gazed amorously at a beautiful young woman who had just asked him if she could ring his bell.
"Go ahead," he teased her.
"Ding, ding!" clanged the silver bell on his handlebars.
Shortly after, he said, Belmar police slapped him with two summonses, one for a noise violation and the other as a disorderly person.
Palermo a 22-year-old surfer from Kapaa, Hawaii, who is spending his summer on a local scallop boat suddenly faced a $2,000 fine and possible 90 days in jail for the post-midnight offense of violating Belmar's rigidly enforced peace and quiet.
"I think it's just funny that they can do that," Palermo said as he straddled his bike again, this time outside Municipal Court on Wednesday where he plea-bargained the two tickets down to just the one noise complaint.
"The diesel truck that just passed is louder than I was," he lamented, as a fuel tanker thundered by on Sixth Avenue in front of borough hall.
Nevertheless, Palermo has to shell out a $539 fine and court costs of $33. As a visitor to town on a shoestring budget he is living either on the boat, docked in Brielle, or at a friend's house in Belmar violating the borough's zero-tolerance policy against excessive noise after hours has all but bankrupted him, he said.
"I hope I can pay, otherwise Belmar's police, they're going to come looking for me," Palermo said after his hearing. "I guess money talks, and my money is saying goodbye."
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Well there is a town that needs a new government.
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Stuff like that leaves me speechless. What happens if the cops have to pull someone over and turn their sirens on?
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Old 08-03-07, 09:36 AM   #4
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Stuff like that leaves me speechless. What happens if the cops have to pull someone over and turn their sirens on?
It's their job to break the law they enforce isn't it? Lawmakers are lawbreakers and they think they are above the law.
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Old 08-03-07, 10:04 AM   #5
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Stuff like that leaves me speechless. What happens if the cops have to pull someone over and turn their sirens on?
That would be fine.. The law is against excessive, unnecessary noise.

If you have to honk or ring your bell in an emergency or traffic maneuver, that is fine. Ringing it at a pretty girl in the middle of the night? Thats a fine.

Personally, as someone who has lived near a bar and had problems with rowdy people at 4am I have some sympathy for this law.


There is a very similar law that applies to many neighborhoods in NYC as well. And its very very common to be ticketed for honking your car (unnecessarily) even during the daytime.
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Old 08-03-07, 11:56 AM   #7
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That would be fine.. The law is against excessive, unnecessary noise.

If you have to honk or ring your bell in an emergency or traffic maneuver, that is fine. Ringing it at a pretty girl in the middle of the night? Thats a fine.
Puh-leez! It's not like he was blasting an Air Zound for crissakes. It was a bike bell. You know those things that get totally ignored on MUPs worldwide? Sounds like the officer that charged him had a bug up his ass and decided to take it out on a tourist.
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That is hilarious!
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