March 11, 2013
I just got caught in the following scam on I-75 N just outside of Tampa 8:56 am on a busy Monday Morning. I was returning to SC after a visit to Sarasota. Traffic was very heavy and up ahead were 6 cops flashing lights (must of been a slow crime day in Tampa). I slowed downed roughly 15 mph and cruised on by as I stated traffic was heavy for a Monday morning commute. Immediately the lead 2 cops came after me and pulled me over. I pulled over and was asked by the officer if I knew why I was being stopped? I responded no. I was informed that I had failed to move over for emergency vehicles even though there was no emergency and even though traffic was very heavy. The second cop stormed out after the first poor soul who passed us and scammed him. I was witness to all 6 officers pulling over people within a 100 yard stretch of Highway during the busiest time of the commute. I counted 77 cars pass me on the inside lane while I was getting scammed for $153. In my opinion this tactic poses a greater risk to the public with cops bolting in and out of traffic during heavy traffic periods in a blatant attempt to scam the commuters. The result of this is that the jurisdiction got my $153 but I will NEVER visit Florida again. I spent roughly $2000 in Florida that week and the $153 I was scammed for will be the last Florida gets from me. It is these so called officers job to protect and serve, but who exactly were they serving that day? 6 officers on a busy stretch of highway during rush hour traffic scamming the innocent populace. I will tell everyone I know to also avoid Florida. I will send this message to any politician I can find from Florida. I will email every travel agency I can find and any TV/Radio shows I can find. Nice job Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department. I would be real curious to know how many serious crimes took place in your jurisdiction while 6 officer's were scamming the innocent.