HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA - A three-year-old Canadian boy received his first lesson in parking laws courtesy of a Halifax Police Constable.
The boy wanted to park his motorcycle next to all the big ones and was surprised and elated when he received a ticket.
Matt Woodman reports.
It's a familiar sight and sound on the Halifax waterfront, all too familiar for Constable Shawn Currie.
(Cst. Shawn Currie/Halifax Regional Police) "Part of my job's in the waterfront. I'm just public safety. And part of it was just keeping the circle clear for emergency vehicles. A lot of the motorcyclists like to come down and park down here."
It's a big reason you'll spot 3-year-old Declan Tramley cruising the boardwalk. It's one of his favorite places to explore. There's people to meet, shops to check out, but his favorite attraction is the motorcycles.
Accompanied by his parents, Declan loves to ride down on his bike, toss on his leather jacket, even mingle with his fellow bikers.
(Lisa Tramley/Declan's Mother) "His dad, more so, brings him down to see the bikes and stuff, you know, once every couple of weeks."
That's when Declan had his first run-in with the law.
(Cst. Shawn Currie/Halifax Regional Police) "He parked his bike just like the other motorcyclists would and he walked away. And we thought it would be funny if I went over and just pretend to write a parking ticket."
(Lisa Tramley/Declan's Mother) "The police officer went over and started pretending to write him a ticket and pictures were taken and it kinda went from there."
(Matt Woodman/Reporting) "Once Declan's father snapped the picture he sent it to the Halifax Regional Police, who jumped at the opportunity to post it on social media. So far reaction to the picture has been overwhelming."
(Lisa Tramley/Declan's Mother) "I never thought it would explode. I mean, I was looking on different radio stations' Facebook pages and everywhere, it's just everywhere."
(Cst. Shawn Currie/Halifax Regional Police) "It's nice to show the different sides of police. You know, we're not always the ones making arrests and hauling people away. We're just normal like everybody else and like to have fun."
The picture received hundreds of retweets and favorites on twitter and the HRP Facebook post has reached over four hundred and forty thousand people.
(Lisa Tramley/Declan's Mother) "He loves his ticket. He tried to go to sleep with his ticket actually."
It's safe to say though,
(Declan Tramley/Ticketed Rider) "Don't park here."
He won't be so pleased years from now when he receives his first actual parking ticket and has to dish out the cash to pay for it. Matt Woodman, CTV News, Halifax.