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Jul 09, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

The 5 most ridiculous things about the HOV lane mannequin bust


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!"

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?

empty pockets

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.

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By Robert | JULY 09, 2015 02:38 PM
All this preparation and adjusting we have been doing, and for what? Little more than half of the tickets have been sold.
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By Steve | JULY 09, 2015 11:46 AM
Mr Kenn Idiotic response. That would mean that all cars entering the highway would potentially be illegally driving in the HOV lane if they had no passengers and all vehicles leaving the highway without the passengers would also be illegally using the lane. and since the lane is designed for entering and exiting the highway to a large degree, it defeats the purpose for commuters.... Try again....
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By MrKenn | JULY 09, 2015 10:59 AM
#6, HOV lanes are ridiculous anywhere any time. They cause more congestion, and when you near your exit you must cross all the other lanes. If we must have HOV, they should be in the first lane where you enter and exit and share with the trucks.
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By Barbara | JULY 09, 2015 08:49 AM
He should have dressed them in burkas. They wouldn't have been pulled over.
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