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Like a Complete Unknown, Bob Dylan Is Arrested While On Tour

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#1 Nonny


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 01:20 PM

Like a Complete Unknown, Bob Dylan Is Arrested While On Tour by Rookie Cop Who Has No Idea Who He Is



In a curious incident that either illustrates police overreaction or the widening generation gap—or both—Bob Dylan was arrested while strolling in a sleepy seaside New Jersey town by a rookie cop who didn't even recognize his name.

Residents of Long Branch, New Jersey apparently found the admittedly scruffy looking music legend's behavior "suspicious" and complained to their local, possibly not-terribly-busy police force. A 22-year-old rookie arrived on the scene and demanded identification. Dylan reasonably assumed she'd recognize the name and that would pretty much be that, but no, she ordered him into the back of her car and took him to his hotel to check his story. Dylan was in town to take part in a concert along with WIllie Nelson and John Mellencamp, when he decided to take that fateful stroll.
As the Daily Mail in the UK reports:

Then she radioed her older colleagues at the police station to ask if anyone knew who Bob Dylan was.
'I'm afraid we all fell about laughing,' said Craig Spencer, a senior officer in Long Branch, New Jersey. 'If it was me, I'd have been demanding his autograph, not his ID.
'The poor woman has taken rather a lot of abuse from us. I offered to bring in some of myDylan albums. Unfortunately, she doesn't know what vinyl is either.'...

As hilarious as this story is, I'm having a hard time imagining a police officer in New Jersey saying "fell about laughing" or "rather a lot."    :freakoutnonny:  :rolleyes:  :D
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#2 Lord of the Sword

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 11:49 PM

That rookie is NEVER going to live this down....LMAO.
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Posted 19 July 2013 - 11:09 AM

And yet why should the rich and famous be treated any differently from the average person?
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Posted 20 July 2013 - 02:59 PM

View PostMikoto, on 19 July 2013 - 11:09 AM, said:

And yet why should the rich and famous be treated any differently from the average person?

It's not a matter of being treated differently.  Even the average person shouldn't have to be arrested or picked up for questioning for simply walking down the street and looking ragged (a trademark look of Bob Dylan's).  If anything at the most, he should have been questioned and then released.  "Can I see some i.d. sir?  What are you doing walking around these streets at night?  Oh, you're out for a stroll from a hotel?  Can I see your hotel key?  Okay, thanks have a great night sir."  Boom, done.

The focus on the joke is true; a lot of teens and twenty year olds don't know many things from 20 years ago, let alone 30-50 years ago.  I did a small poll about 5-6 years ago amongst the 50+ workers (at a concert venue I'm a supervisor at) ranging from 16-30 (with the average near 20) and 80% couldn't name two songs from The Beatles while about 40% didn't even know who they were at all. (The poll came out maybe 9 months before The Beatles Guitar Hero.  That really changed things.)

The only reason most of them who know who Nirvana was, is because of David Grohl (their former drummer) is the lead singer for the Foo-Fighters.  (And if you don't know either of those band names, it's the same issue, only inversed.)
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