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(The Raw Story)   Welcome to Hampton, Florida, the most corrupt town in America   (rawstory.com) divider line 47
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2014-03-10 09:41:55 AM  
no florida tag?
 
2014-03-10 09:57:12 AM  
Just how corrupt do you have to get to have other cops calling you corrupt?
 
2014-03-10 12:39:51 PM  
Huh.  If they're that corrupt, and have been getting away with it, how did it come to light?  I mean, politicians generally don't care if you're corrupt, as long as they get their cut...

State Rep. Charles Van Zant (R), who began looking into the town's police practices after receiving his own ticket while passing through, asked the state's auditor general to examine Hampton's books in April 2013.

Ah.  Revenge.  It's the only political motive I trust.
 
2014-03-10 01:10:51 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Huh.  If they're that corrupt, and have been getting away with it, how did it come to light?  I mean, politicians generally don't care if you're corrupt, as long as they get their cut...

State Rep. Charles Van Zant (R), who began looking into the town's police practices after receiving his own ticket while passing through, asked the state's auditor general to examine Hampton's books in April 2013.

Ah.  Revenge.  It's the only political motive I trust.


Don't Florida state legislators have special plates for their cars?  Stupid Hampton cops really put on the stoopid when they decided their little revenue producer demanded they issue every ticket they write.
 
2014-03-10 01:21:06 PM  
Well, since Hampton is located in the same county as Florida State Prison, they can just relocate the town.
 
2014-03-10 01:30:19 PM  
I can feel it trickling down.
 
2014-03-10 01:44:36 PM  
petenelson.com
 
2014-03-10 02:08:58 PM  
This (article) bears repeating. And FARK does. Repeat that is. Because Pete fell off.
 
2014-03-10 02:09:44 PM  
 
2014-03-10 02:10:33 PM  
Did they ever 'find' the annexation papers? The one they used to annex out to the highway so they could set up their speed traps.

Auditors found the city clerk, who admitted she was not an organized person and lacked formal training in bookkeeping and accounting, was overpaid by about $9,000, and employees charged $27,000 on the city's credit card and another $132,000 to an account at the BP station next door to City Hall.


In Chicago, they call that 'chump change'. An alderman wouldn't okay a Rally's Drive Thru for that kind of cash.
 
2014-03-10 02:10:34 PM  
Subby has never been to Chicago?
 
2014-03-10 02:11:40 PM  
LOL. Washington D.C. farts in your general direction, Subby.
 
2014-03-10 02:11:44 PM  
Sounds like Mack's Creek, MO.  They had a 25 mph speed limit at the bottom of a steep valley and would nail people trying to get to Lake of the Ozarks.

They aren't around anymore either.
 
2014-03-10 02:15:04 PM  
i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-03-10 02:16:02 PM  

FlashHarry: no florida tag?


No repeat tag?
 
2014-03-10 02:17:12 PM  
Smith persuaded a judge to dismiss Hampton's tickets and cut its officers off the county radio channel and a national criminal record database, and the sheriff ordered his deputies to stop accepting the town's prisoners at the county jail.

I don't think I like this, unless it's implying the cops were taking bribes to look the other way.
 
2014-03-10 02:20:37 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Huh.  If they're that corrupt, and have been getting away with it, how did it come to light?  I mean, politicians generally don't care if you're corrupt, as long as they get their cut...

State Rep. Charles Van Zant (R), who began looking into the town's police practices after receiving his own ticket while passing through, asked the state's auditor general to examine Hampton's books in April 2013.

Ah.  Revenge.  It's the only political motive I trust.


^^^
This like a motherf*cker.

Beautifully executed. Cogent, concise, correct. 10/10
 
2014-03-10 02:21:54 PM  
I thought it was Washington DC.
 
2014-03-10 02:26:20 PM  
What a bunch of A - holes.
 
2014-03-10 02:28:12 PM  

Mad Scientist: Subby has never been to Chicago?


This.

The entire state of Illinois is run by criminals and Chicago is the capital of corruption.

Every law they pass is a taxpayer shakedown of one kind or another.

I need to get the fark out of here.
 
2014-03-10 02:28:43 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: Sounds like Mack's Creek, MO.  They had a 25 mph speed limit at the bottom of a steep valley and would nail people trying to get to Lake of the Ozarks.

They aren't around anymore either.


AAA pays to keep this billboard up:

www.pittrxman.com
 
2014-03-10 02:29:38 PM  
All over America city managers read the article and accept the challenge to be the new #1.
 
2014-03-10 02:29:52 PM  
We will keep repeating this until this town no longer exists. Thank you, The Management.
 
2014-03-10 02:34:08 PM  
The clerk isn't trained and was overpaid. "But it didn't turn red when I typed it into the quicken!"
 
2014-03-10 02:34:22 PM  
The corruption in that town affects the people in the immediate vicinity. The corruption in DC screws with 300 million Americans, and countless foreigners.

emp.byui.edu
 
2014-03-10 02:39:11 PM  
If it was such a problem for years and years, why didn't some enterprising individual do something about it?  Sounds like it was a remote long stretch of nothing.

img.fark.net
 
2014-03-10 02:43:25 PM  
This is what happens when a gang of chiselers, stoners and meth heads get together and decide to run for office.
 
2014-03-10 02:59:31 PM  
Too bad they can't just dissolve the state.
 
2014-03-10 03:03:30 PM  
You wanna shut off the fake assed joke that is governance?  Never vote for ANYBODY you wouldn't babysit for you.  *foop*  No more government.
 
2014-03-10 03:09:54 PM  
Beware of route 301 in Florida.. I think I remember at least half a dozen billboards warning of speed traps.
 
2014-03-10 03:15:40 PM  

tricycleracer: TheGreatGazoo: Sounds like Mack's Creek, MO.  They had a 25 mph speed limit at the bottom of a steep valley and would nail people trying to get to Lake of the Ozarks.

They aren't around anymore either.

AAA pays to keep this billboard up:

[www.pittrxman.com image 370x278]


They need one in South Bloomfield, OH.

/asshats
 
2014-03-10 03:17:15 PM  
Blah, blah, blah, Chicago; that's just one city in the entire state (buncha amateurs.)   There's a reason Florida has its own tag on FARK.
 
2014-03-10 03:21:53 PM  
AZ still has it beat. Federal officers say charges should be filed on ol' joe and his criminal gang, yet the federal prosecutors won't file any charges.
 
2014-03-10 03:25:03 PM  
FTFA: "town with one cop for every 25 residents"

Therefore we know that 4% of the town was known criminals. Not a good place to start.
 
2014-03-10 03:33:55 PM  

SDRR: Where have I heard this before?


^ This....

admins not working hard today.  must be a time switch laziness type thing.  or something.
 
2014-03-10 03:38:51 PM  
Better damn do the limit
Otherwise ticket
Same here certain places sux.
 
2014-03-10 03:40:23 PM  
That was worth watching, especially for those two unfortunate dudes... sorry, mayors... whose accents you could barely understand.
 
2014-03-10 03:52:51 PM  
South America, take it away!


bymystique.com
 
2014-03-10 03:54:13 PM  

SDRR: Where have I heard this before?


You probably heard about it from weekend SDRR.
 
2014-03-10 03:57:58 PM  
That whole section of 301 between Gainesville and highway 10 is rife with speed traps.  Still can be worth taking though if you are coming south on 95 and need to get to the Tampa bay area or further down along the west coast.
 
2014-03-10 04:12:25 PM  
garandman1a: FTFA: "town with one cop for every 25 residents"

Therefore we know that 4% of the town was known criminals. Not a good place to start.

Just out of curiousity, what is the standard that's considered acceptable, in regards to officers:citizens?

I'm too lazy to look it up
 
2014-03-10 04:20:09 PM  
This is the mayor? He looks like a meth addict.


www.rawstory.com
 
2014-03-10 04:23:01 PM  

Nick Nostril: LOL. Washington D.C. farts in your general direction, Subby.


535x
 
2014-03-10 04:26:39 PM  
 
2014-03-10 04:32:32 PM  

Oliver Twisted: SDRR: Where have I heard this before?

You probably heard about it from weekend SDRR.


Yea, drunk SOB never shuts up.
 
2014-03-10 04:39:59 PM  
I think Dixon, IL could vie for subby's title.  Granted it was only one person doing the corrupt crap, but in a town with a population of only 15k a single person managed to abscond with 53 million over the course of 20 years as the comptroller....She stole over $3000 PER RESIDENT.

People KNEW that a woman who did not come from money and worked as a public employee of a small midwestern town owned several hundred horses, three homes and luxury cars, among other things, and yet no one thought to question this situation...She was only caught because someone else had to do her job while she went on vacation.
 
2014-03-10 04:49:56 PM  

bratface: This is the mayor? He looks like a meth addict.


[www.rawstory.com image 615x345]


That's the mayor? I assumed they had interviewed a prisoner, with the orange shirt and all.
 
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