When it comes to bureaucratic insanity versus common sense in modern America, it seems that bureaucratic insanity usually wins. But in the case of a cop who recently wrote a $2,500 ticket to the mother of a 3-year-old who was urinating outdoors, it looks like common sense has prevailed.
Officer Ken Qualls of Piedmont, Okla., wrote Ashley Warden a $2,500 ticket for public urination when he spotted her 3-year-old son Dillan put his still-developing potty training skills to use by unzipping and beginning to relive himself in his front yard on Nov. 6.
According to NewsOK, the resulting public backlash stemming from the officer’s lack of discretion in ticketing the youngster’s mother has prompted the local city council to relieve Qualls of his duty. Piedmont City Council members reported receiving emails about the ticket from as far away as Canada, England and Australia.
Local Police Chief Alex Oblein told NewsOK that the ticket was written to the mother initially for public urination, but that the complaint was later amended to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He agreed that the citation was inappropriate for the situation.
Qualls is expected to appeal the city’s decision.