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article imageWarning: rude gestures made at police will get their attention

By Stephanie Dearing     Mar 17, 2010 in Crime
With a bit of bravado, a young man allegedly gave an Ontario Provincial Police cruiser the middle finger as it was passing him on a highway near Kenora, Ontario.
Kenora, ON - The man was hitch-hiking on Highway 17 on Tuesday, and the gesture worked. The young man got a ride -- all the way to jail. The 19-year old, who police say is from Edmonton, was found to have stolen property with him, guaranteeing him a one-way ride to a jail cell.
Reports did not explain how the young man came to be searched, resulting in his arrest. However, police said the man had two stolen credit cards in his possession, as well as a GPS, a blackberry and an iPod charger. The items are said to have been stolen from Winnipeg.
The Kenora Daily Miner & News reported that a "discussion" took place between the officers and the hitch-hiker before the man was arrested.
Charged with possession of property obtained by crime is Dragutin Cabor.
Hitch-hiking is often used by travellers who have run out of funds, or by those who have a small budget. A ride is flagged down using the universal symbol, the upward-pointing thumb.
For a few years, Canada had a hitch-hiking race across the country, but the race collapsed from a shortage of funding. The contest challenged teams of two to get rides all the way across Canada in 15 days time. The race was designed to emulate the Amazing Race. Ontario is sometimes known as Hitch-hiker Hell.
There are rules of thumb for hitch-hikers, which advocates say will ensure more rides. Creativity is encouraged, but using the middle finger is not advised.
Hitch-hiking can be a dangerous activity.
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