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Look, we get it -- that ticket you got was complete b.s. and you shouldn't even have to pay this fine. So why make it easy on yourself and cut a check when you can increase the hassle, possibly incur more fines, and make an innocent clerk's life miserable by paying in pennies?

You're gonna make a statement! You're gonna stick it to the man by making an extra trip to the bank, getting some small coins, rolling them up, and handing the exact same amount over to the city as you would have paid anyway! You rebel! That'll teach those jack-booted parking cops to ticket you $25 for parking on the wrong side of the road!

Dunwoody, Georgia -- birthplace of Ryan Seacrest and home to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It's also not a place where you want to anger the local police.

After what sounds like quite the eventful Monday night, Dunwoody PD took to the 20th Century's town crier -- Facebook -- to dispense a little wisdom to the townsfolk. Here now is their advice on staying out of jail:

Satire: "A way of using humor to show that someone or something is foolish, weak, bad." - Merriam Webster

Apparently, one Tennessee woman didn't know satire when she was reading it. Pamela Downs allegedly couldn't understand why police arrested her for counterfeiting money when President Obama had already made printing your own money legal.

West Palm Beach police charged a mom with drug possession, attempting to sell drugs, and child abuse after she was found with drugs and drug paraphernalia in her child's stroller. Briana Sue Hoxter also allegedly admitted to snorting Alprazolam (sold as Xanax) while pushing her baby around in a stroller full of heroin. (This is not to be confused with the Edmonton mom who was busted in March for hiding GHB, crystal meth, and crack cocaine in her 18-month-old baby's stroller.)

This got us reminiscing on some other outlandish parent-child-drug stories, so here are a few of our favorites:

Normally when a DUI suspect arrives at the local police station, it's cuffed in the back of a cruiser. Not so for Christopher L. Stewart, who showed up in the Hopkinsville Police Department parking lot behind the wheel of his own truck, albeit after entering through the exit side and nearly clipping a cop car.

Was this a contrite criminal, turning himself in? Or did a wrong turn land him right in law enforcement's lap?

What do you do when the police arrest you? Get your mom to sue!

Actress Winnifred Bonjean-Alpart, a rising star in feminist theater and star of Slut: The Play, was 17-years-old when she was arrested last August for disorderly conduct and possession of alcohol by a minor and a forged instrument (identification).

Now, she's claiming that police violated her constitutional rights, planted false evidence in her purse, and wrongfully arrested her.

Unless its Halloween, it's probably not a good idea to dress up as a police officer.

A Glendale, California man was arrested recently for allegedly impersonating a Los Angeles Police Department Officer. Witnesses called Ventura police after they saw four suspicious men standing around a police car. When officers arrived, they found Oliver James dressed in full LAPD uniform with a badge, name plate, a patrol duty belt, and gun. The police car James was standing next to turned out to be sold by the LAPD three years ago and is currently unregistered.

James told police that he was an LAPD officer, but investigation into the claim showed that James was never an LAPD officer or an officer anywhere else. James was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer and carrying a firearm.

The Internet is always watching, so criminals beware.

Last Sunday, a young Alabama boy showed up at a local Walmart to claim a prize for taking the training wheels off of his bike. While the boy and his father were in the store, a man in a Detroit Tigers baseball cap and white T-shirt was caught on surveillance video stealing the bike from the store's parking lot.

What did the police do?

If thieves were smart, they wouldn't have needed to be thieves in the first place. Some try to steal honey from a hive of angry bees. Other grown men steal from innocent, defenseless little Girl Scouts. This story is just one more piece of evidence that proves that some criminals are idiots.

Three hungry burglars were arrested recently after police followed a trail of macaroni salad leading from the scene of the crime to the mens' hiding place.

You're walking down the beach, hand in hand with the love of your life, staring into each other's eyes, and leaning in for a kiss. Next thing you know, you're doing the sideways tango. On the beach. In broad daylight. Surrounded by people.

Hold it.

A Florida couple got carried away, or just didn't care, when they were caught having sex on the beach by bystanders. Scandalized witnesses recorded the encounter and called police. The youngest witness, a 3-year-old girl, wanted her grandmother to explain what the couple were doing. Luckily, grandma easily distracted the child with seashells.

This case, known locally as the "Sex on the Beach" case, was so scandalous it attracted the attention of the state attorney