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Transit cop tried to fine me..........

Discussion in 'General Vaping Discussion' started by Mr.Whitecloud, Feb 23, 2012.

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  1. Mr.Whitecloud

    Mr.Whitecloud Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 28, 2012
    Richmond B.C
    I was taking a toot on the Skytrain platform about 4 days ago,I was approached by two rather large miserable looking transit cops(real cop wanna be's) and was told to put out the cigarette.I told them it was not a cigarette but an e-cig.I took the cartomizer off and said ever see a real cigarette do that!!!One cop started to write a ticket I said you know your gonna look really stupid in court when I contest this,because there is no law against exhaling water vapor,now if you show me a sign that says this to the contrary I will stop and accept the fact that I broke the law.They both looked at each other said have a nice day and left....I guess they did not want to look stupid.(Loves to stir the pot when he can) Vape on people:D
     
  2. Eddie.Willers

    Eddie.Willers ECF Wiki SysOp Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Supporting member
    Apr 3, 2011
    Prairie Canada
  3. Huffelpuff

    Huffelpuff Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Aug 27, 2011
    Philadelphia Burbs
    Before I vaped would've come to the same conclusion. I saw somebody vaping a large tube mod before I switched and assumed that he was smoking something else altogether. I've never been approached but have gotten some really odd looks when I vape in my car. Wonder what people think who really don't know what it is when I whip out my big mods and vape in a car w/ my teenagers. Scandalous :)
     
  4. mwa102464

    mwa102464 Resting In Peace ECF Veteran

    If every cop in the united states doesnt know what an ecig or PV is by now then Phooey on them, I would have done the same dam thing all day long.
     
  5. Mr. SandMan

    Mr. SandMan Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 16, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
  6. RRoberts

    RRoberts Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Nov 30, 2011
    Florence,AL
    Story great, Handled correctly, all good but one suggestion...
    -not from my mind but a fellow ECF member.
    Never say cig, or e-cig, that makes them think Cig...remember the woman at the motel in ...(Vegas? $250 fine)
    Say PV ...only.
    If your answer has cig in it, BAM.
    If it does not, they question themselves for not being on top. (so 27seconds ago!)
    I am getting mentally armed for my confrontation and like that idea.
    -just a thought.
     
  7. Jerri Ross

    Jerri Ross Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 26, 2012
    Amarillo TX
    Great job! And I stay far away from cig related words! Sooo guilty by association!
     
  8. PoliticallyIncorrect

    PoliticallyIncorrect Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 31, 2010
    SoCal
    In all fairness, the non-initiated to this stuff have to be cut a little slack.

    The industry grew up around the idea of verisimilitude, devices designed to look, feel and operate as close to the cigarettes they were replacing as possible, so to minimize the shock of transitioning from one to the other. Vaping has thrived because the act of it feels so much like smoking; the natural consequence is that it looks much the same also.

    If we've been that good at fooling ourselves, we can't come down very hard on onlookers who are also fooled.
     
  9. TonyTT

    TonyTT Super Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 12, 2011
    Ottawa
    I find the problem with that is, then they go what's a PV?, and I say personal vaporizer...and then it becomes a whole different assumption all together...
     
  10. Mrtrucker40108

    Mrtrucker40108 Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 17, 2011
    Brandenburg, KY, USA
    Jerri, I love your Avatar!!!!!
     
  11. jtpjc

    jtpjc Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 8, 2010
    Netherlands
    I've said it before and I say it again. Call it a fake cig. Because that's what it is. Even the smoke is fake. Everybody understands that immediately.
     
  12. nanovapr

    nanovapr Ultra Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 15, 2011
    Catatonic State, USA
    If you're blowing a big cloud, from afar it looks like you are smoking. If you are using a little white tube with a red LED on it, it looks like you are smoking up close. I don't know what PV you were using, but easily could be an honest mistake on their part. Sounds like they were cool about it.
     
  13. 5vz

    5vz Super Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 19, 2011
    in here somewhere USA
    Lol, you handled it a lot differently than I would have, I guess I don't have the ca-hones. I would have apologized and explained it is a pv, but I would put it away. (I feel we should not vape where we cannot smoke, just my feelings on that one.)

    It's still not mainstream enough. Just yesterday I was driving down a busy a.m. rush street. A guy walked across the street, yep while people are driving in hurry to get to work, and saw me vaping in the car. His mouth dropped open and he looked aghast! I felt sorry for him for not knowing. Couldn't say anything, I was driving trying not to hit jaywalkers though.
     
  14. vancity

    vancity Full Member

    Mar 7, 2012
    VanCity
    yep the BC transit police are a little rediculous
     
  15. CountSmackula

    CountSmackula Genisis Junkie Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 16, 2012
    Tabasco LAnd
    I usually call it my 'inhaler' and that pretty much puts an end to the drama.
     
  16. meeems

    meeems Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 4, 2011
    Wisconsin
    I've always wondered about cops and not knowing what an ecig is. When a cop drives by, i always make sure i'm not vaping, because with the tube mod and the tank, i keep thinking they'll pull me over thinking its a crack pipe.
     
  17. nuggetz

    nuggetz Senior Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 15, 2012
    Chicago
    Yeah, I never call mine an electronic cigarette. Looks nothing like a cig, doesn't have the stupid light up thing on the end, etc. Nicotine Inhaler is what you should call it.
     
  18. sailorman

    sailorman Vaping Master ECF Veteran

    Jun 5, 2010
    Podunk, FLA
    Simple. Just say "vaporizer". It's a vaporizer. For most people, that conjures up images of a nice warm machine in little Johnny's bedroom at bedtime. Just like on the boxes at Walmart. And most people have no concept of the vaporizers used to vaporize that which cannot be mentioned. If they do, they're not likely to be the kind of people to object to an e-cig.
     
  19. PoliticallyIncorrect

    PoliticallyIncorrect Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 31, 2010
    SoCal
    A cop once pointed at the Darwin protruding from my shirt pocket, the tone of his what's THAT? unmistakeably implying something other than innocent curiosity.

    I went with e-cigarette; he may or may not have known what that meant, but I was happy to volunteer a comprehensive explanation of propylene glycol, nicotine absorption rates, atomizers and their relative pros-and-cons vis-a-vis cartomizers, lithium-ion batteries, protection circuits, the cost effectiveness of DIY liquids, etc, etc.

    Well inside of 30 seconds, the glaze in his his eyes implied unmistakeably that he had better things to do.
     
  20. Boognish

    Boognish Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 7, 2012
    Chocolate Town
    Crackheads can't afford to smoke out of anything as sexy as our mods:p
     
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