NYPD ‘Get Out Of Jail Free’ Cards Selling On eBay

City officials are outraged at the reselling, yet don’t question the existence of cards which allow you to skirt justice. The New York Post reports:

Buying a “get out of jail free” card is just a mouse click away. Police union cards that cops hand out to friends and family free of charge are selling on eBay for as much as $100 a pop, even though the resale of the coveted plastic is strictly prohibited by the unions.

The cards are often used to get out of minor jams like speeding tickets or parking violations — flashing one with your driver’s license is a way of suggesting you’re a member of law enforcement or at least related to someone who is. “It’s a way for a police officer to vouch for another person,” said City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. “That type of recommendation shouldn’t be available to the highest bidder.”

Police union heads and elected officials are calling for a probe and an end to the practice. Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Queens) fears that such cards could land in the hands of terrorists or criminals.

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  • alizardx

    While the names change between local areas (e.g. Police Benevolent Association, etc.), it’s my understanding this is common practice across the country, the “legit” way to get one if one is not a relative of a LEO is to donate lots of money to the local police association.

    This kind of card is increasingly important in the militarized police environment we live in today, the police need a quick way to differentiate between the “little people” and the “connected” to serve the two tiers of “justice” properly.

    For those who believe that a democracy can not tolerate two tiers of law… yes, this should be illegal.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    “… fears that such cards could land in the hands of terrorists or criminals.”

    I’ve got some bad news, friend.

    It was terrorists and criminals who had them printed up.

  • Rex Vestri

    “It’s a way for a police officer pig to vouch for another person…That type of recommendation shouldn’t be available to the highest bidder.”

    ‘That type of recommendation’ shouldn’t be available to anyone, including pigs, their spouses and piglets, or anyone else!

    • http://twitter.com/BozoDeathGod BozoDeathGod

      Exactly, I know a State Trooper who gave his own mother a fairly steep speeding ticket, and that’s how it should be. It’s either THE LAW or it’s just an arbitrary decision and useless.

  • BuzzCoastin

    this card thing is decades old
    eBay sales of are a new twist

    maybe Uncle Homeland’s pigs
    can do what the pigs do in Thailand
    skip eBay and collect the money from you directly

    but $100 buck extortion
    could get a Thai cop busted for extortion
    but $30 bucks would be OK

    • InfvoCuernos

      I can explain the higher price- American pigs are better trained and have much more sophisticated equipment, so it should cost more to buy them off.

  • DeepCough

    See, the free market can solve anything: it has just leveled the playing field in the criminal-justice system.

  • InfvoCuernos

    What I want to know is Why E-Bay? Wouldn’t this transaction be better on “the silk road”? I guess some pigs still don’t know..

  • geminihigh

    I get a few NJ Fraternal Order of Police Cards for Christmas every year. My dad plays poker with a former Sgt. from Newark who heads the org for NJ, and he liberally hands them out. I am happy to get the cards as they come in handy and are great for bartering, but no, they should not exist at all. It is authorized corruption, period. The NJ state FOP cards I have had for the last few years prominently display an all seeing eye in the bottom left corner of the pentagram/police badge-thing blazoned on the front of the card, next to a distinctly masonic handshake in the bottom right corner of the same star. Just type in NJ FOP cards in google image search to see what I mean. They also make extra special FOP/PBA cards meant to be issued by LEOs who happen to be Masons, though I am told by a friend that these are useless when used to get out of a ticket on a cop who isn’t a “brother.” As for the resale… I do it all the time. I sell them to friends. I have gotten a whole g of molly at a festival by just trading one of them. I bumped into a guy at a bar and spilled his drink, didn’t have any money left, so I just threw him a card and he was so overjoyed that he turned around and bought me a drink! Proper procedure is to slip them under your license, not to flash them directly. Only one time have they not helped me during an encounter with a LEO. Got to love the police state we live in, and I ain’t just talking about the People’s Republic of New Jersey.

  • IrishPotatoGun

    Jon Corzine must have a stack of them.

  • http://www.zoboprepublic.wordpress.com/ zobop republic

    I didn’t realize we were playing Monopoly in the Real World.