“I was thinking they wanted to pass, but they called on the speaker, ‘Please go to the right side,’” Moalla told CTV Montreal. “I stopped and four police came, two on each side, and checked the inside of the car. Then they asked me if I screamed. I said, ‘No, I was just singing.’”
“I don’t know if my voice was very bad and that’s why I got the ticket, but I was very shocked,” Moalla said. “I understand if they are doing their job, they are allowed to check if everything’s okay, if I kidnapped someone or if there’s danger inside but I would never expect they would give me a ticket for that.”
Despite being harassed by cops just for singing to a song that he especially was fond of, Moalla told CTV Montreal that he kept his calm. After getting the ticket he thanked the officer knowing that he could just contest the ticket. “They were doing their job,” said Moalla.
Moalla is contesting the ticket and is awaiting a court date. Moalla plans to recount to the judge the day’s events once he gets his day in court.
“Imagine if the Canadiens won a game,” he said. “All the fans are going to scream out of their cars. They’re going to sing. Are you going to give them all tickets?”
Moalla’s wife, however, said she wasn’t surprised that her husband’s vocals netted him a fine.
“She told me, if it was for singing, I’d have given you a ticket for $300,” he said.