Officers pose as homeless people to entrap unsuspecting drivers
June 11, 2016
Regina, Canada police officers have discovered a new way to increase revenue, pose as a homeless person in an attempt to set up kind-hearted individuals willing to help those in need.
Officers, wearing old clothes and holding cardboard signs, stand in busy traffic areas posing as panhandlers. The officers then stand back from the curb.
Some drivers, such as Dane Rusk, reach into their pockets, undo their seat belts and lean over to drop their extra cash on the curb. The homeless imposter than informs a uniformed officer that the driver has unhooked his seat belt. [CTV News]
A few minutes later, the uniformed officer gives the driver a ticket for not having their seat belt on.
“The ticket’s $175 and the three dollars I gave to him – I’m out $178 all because I was trying to help out a homeless guy,” Rusk told CTV News.
Police in Regina, who point out their signs don’t actually ask for cash, claim the project helps keep the public safe.