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Here's how a man's botched singing landed him a $118 police ticket


Some would say Taoufik Moalla was just getting "jiggy wit it," but Montreal police officials thought otherwise.

The 38-year-old Canadian father of two was loudly jamming to C+C Music Factory's 1990 hit "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" in his car when authorities approached him.

“And then they ask me if I scream. I said 'no, I was just singing.' He said 'ok, I need your driving license.'”
Taoufik Moalla

Moalla was handed a C$149 ticket, which converts to USD$118, for being too loud in public, police noted.

Initially, Moalla thought the police wanted him to get out of their way.

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According to Montreal's police website, the city's noise bylaws vary, but usually prohibit "noise resulting from cries, clamours, singing, altercations or cursing and any other form of uproar."

"I don't know if my voice was very bad and that's why I got the ticket, but I was very shocked," Moalla told CTV. "I understand if they are doing their job, they are allowed to check if everything's OK, if I kidnapped someone or if there's danger inside but I would never expect they would give me a ticket for that."

The shamed singer said he plans on contesting the ticking.

And the unfortunate police encounter didn't dissuade Moalla's love for the song.

"Isn't it a good song?" he asked.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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