Pulling in to the house today, and my neighbor tells me there's something in my rear windshield wiper. Turns out this is a note from the police, indicating that they have taken my plates because their records indicate my auto insurance has lapsed.
1. No it hasn't
Sure enough, no plates on my car. They did this while I was parked in a shopping center. I switched insurance companies last year, and already went through this with the DMV when it came time for registration back in October. They wouldn't let me register online, I provided them my insurance info, and was then able to complete registration. Apparently, no one on their side adequately updated their systems.
Call the police, explain this. Ask them to have someone drop off my plates to my residence. They tell me they're not leaving their township (which is 10 minutes from my house). Act as if they're doing me a favor by letting me meet them at their station to pick the plates up. Tell me they really should just send them in to the DMV. They agree to meet me at the station at a specific time.
I spend 20 minutes driving over. No one there. Wait 10 minutes. Dispatch calls to tell me they're going to be late. No kidding. I ask when they're coming. Dispatch doesn't know.
A couple minutes later, another officer calls. Says he'll come drop them off in 5-10 minutes. Not so much; shows up 30 minutes after I was initially supposed to meet the first officer.
Ask why my plates were even checked in the first place, and apparently I was in public, so they're free to scan any plates they want.
All in all, I spend two hours of my afternoon dealing with police/DMV incompetence. Still have to call the DMV and figure out how to get them to fix their screw up.
I've always been respectful and supportive of the police, but all they're doing is losing allies with this kind of crap. What a joke.