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Planking Law: Not on a Cop Car, Not on an ATM Machine

By now you probably have heard of "planking," a fad fueled by photos on the Internet. Planking participants try to find the most unusual and original location in which to plank. It looks like this:

But some plankers are learning that the police are not down with them planking wherever they please. On Tuesday, the Herald Times reports, planker Alexander Hart was found guilty of disorderly conduct by a Manitowoc, Wisconsin judge. Judge Steven Olson fined Hart $303 for planking on a police squad car and posting photos of his plank-job on social network sites. Prosecutors also introduced evidence of Hart planking on top of merchandise displays at local retail stores and on an ATM machine at a local bank.

Prosecutor Kathleen McDaniel argued that planking on the squad car was "disruptive to the peace and good order of the community at large." She added that it was "not in 'good order' for members of the public to be climbing on merchandise displays," and that publishing such photos "does tend to cause or provoke a disturbance."

According to Wikipedia, this is not the first "planking on a squad car" arrest (another occurred in May 2011, when a man from Queensland, Australia was charged with planking on a police vehicle). Other reported planking mishaps include seven doctors and nurses at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, England who were suspended for planking while on duty, and an Australian who fell to his death while planking on a seventh-floor balcony.

With police taking the fun out of planking, maybe it is time for everyone to move on to Tebowing?

Posted by Bruce Carton on December 8, 2011 at 05:43 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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