Recently, I came across this video while I was
doing important research on police accountability issues wasting time on the internets. The original video, which can also be seen below, features Greg Benson (a middle aged guy who likes to have fun, but isn’t quite as funny as Ed Bassmaster) of “Mediocre Films” holding up silly signs on the side of a freeway off ramp, proclaiming such things as, “Ain’t No Skank (referring to himself), Free Cardboard, Penis (for no reason), Need Change for a Hundred, Will Work for $150k/Year Plus Medical and Dental,” among others. As advertised in the title, it is actually quite funny right up until the point where a cop shows up and issues Greg and Matt Orf, who is filming at the time, $400 worth of tickets for “trespassing on the freeway.”
It’s rather obvious in the first video embedded below, which is a sort of “behind the scenes” version of the prank video, that the California Highway Patrol trooper who stops them and issues the tickets is basing them on ridiculous and possibly false pretenses. First, he tells them they are trespassing because they aren’t allowed “on the freeway.” At best, that is a technicality, since they are at the off ramp, not the actual freeway. As proof, he points to a sign on the other side of the road, which is obviously intended to keep people from walking up the on ramp and onto the freeway, and then a “wrong way” sign that even more obviously is intended to keep cars from driving the wrong way up the off ramp (when that is pointed out by Greg, he replies, “it is a sign”).
He also states, “we like to stick ’em them in jail, too,” when Greg explains that they often see homeless people panhandling there. That’s not exactly shocking, since it is rare when police miss an opportunity to harass, arrest, or abuse (and even kill) the homeless. Bullies like easy targets and homeless people rarely have lawyers representing them or any resources to fight back with. More often than not, they are willing to plead down to get out of jail as quickly as possible, rather than taking bogus harassment tickets to court. In fact, as is the case with Greg and Matt, most people in general will just accept these sort of tickets and pay them without really even looking into the true legalities involved. Unfortunately, that easy source of revenue is somewhat of a self-perpetuating cycle, which makes cops more likely to issue tickets like these for the easy money they represent. That’s why you should always know your rights and film the police.
“I ALMOST GOT ARRESTED” (Behind the Scenes Video)
“Hilarious Signs Prank (Busted by COPS!)”
“ORF SIGNS (Prank BUSTED by the COPS!!!)” (This is Matt Orf’s version of the “Sign Prank,” which I don’t personally think is as funny, but who am I to judge.)
This is “Signs” by Tesla, just because it’s kind of a cool song.
More From “Mediocre Films”
MAIN CHANNEL: http://youtube.com/MediocreFilms
2nd CHANNEL: http://youtube.com/mediocrefilms2
YESHMIN CHANNEL: http://youtube.com/YESHMIN
ASK GREG QUESTIONS: http://VYou.com/gregbenson
Kelly is a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, who’s been very active in local grassroots activism, as well as on a national level during his extensive travels. He’s also the founder/main contributor of Nevada Cop Block, served as editor/contributor at CopBlock.org and designed the Official Cop Block Press Passes.
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