While the launch of the HOV lanes in the lead up to the Pan Am Games has frustrated its share of drivers, it has also inspired others to get creative.
On June 29, an enterprising pair from Georgetown won the dubious honour of making it into the headlines first with their offer to be HOV lane seat fillers for the low, low price of $55. That same day, a mannequin warehouse owner in Toronto posted an ad to rent out his inventory of dummies (male, female, headless, with heads!) for just $40 a month.
So, it was only a matter of time before an enterprising driver cooked up the idea to take a couple stiff-lipped friends along for a ride in the HOV lane.
Here are the 5 most ridiculous things about the HOV lane driver busted with his two mannequins:
1. "Don't be a dummy!"
Not typically known for their pun prowess, the Toronto Police Service used the cheeky title for their Wednesday afternoon news release about the man ticketed for driving in the Gardiner Expressway HOV lane solo, albeit with two pallid passengers.
2. Seatbelt safety
At the very least, the driver had the good sense to buckle up his mannequins, lest he be pulled over for having unbuckled passengers. Note the additional red strap across the front passenger's waist. You can never be too safe.
3. Those outfits
The first giveaway that the passenger in the front seat was not a real person? Not appearing to be life-like. The second giveaway? That floral blouse and Montreal Expos hat combination that no living person would ever leave the house wearing together.
4. At the drive-thru
Before getting busted on the Gardiner HOV lane, the driver had received some strange looks going through a Tim Hortons drive-thru. Can't imagine why.
5. Money well spent?
The driver was eventually issued an $85 ticket for violating the HOV lane rules. Had he rented his two fraudulent friends from the mannequin warehouse owner, he would be out a total of $125 -- a steep price for life in the fast lane. For $55, he could have had a couple warm bodies, and great conversationalists, to accompany him to his destination. Alas, c'est la vie on the HOV.