It’s not enough that the hotel I’m staying in is charging me $25/night to park my car (and $12.95/day for internet access), but as I walked down the street to get lunch (past the court house, which may have been part of the problem), a cop on a motorcycle pulls over and says, “Sir, I need to see an ID.” Huh? I quickly realized what he meant, as I had just crossed a perfectly empty street against the Big Red Hand (BRH). He also stopped to innocent teenaged girls from Scotland for the same offense. They had no idea what was going on.
So the cop takes my ID (he made me give him my drivers’ license after I handed him my military ID even though he only said he “needed an ID”), and then proceeds to make small talk about why I’m in town. I wanted to reply with a comment about how I wasn’t getting enough jaywalking tickets in Santa Cruz, but there was still a remote possibility of getting a warning, so I refrained. He then made a point to say (twice) that “this isn’t just a San Diego law, it’s a CALIFORNIA law.” I didn’t stick around, but I’m guessing the Scottish teens got a warning.
Questions: (1) Anyone know how much a jaywalking ticket costs in CA?
(2) If I fight this (if only as a protest), I’m going to make the comment that the cop couldn’t have seen the actual BRH I saw because he was at least a block and a half away when I crossed and coming from the opposite direction. Does this sound plausible?