Volume 13, Issue 2 - March/April 2009

The Back Page
Film in the News
Compiled from News Reports Around the World

Window film is a popular item among consumers and, as such, stories about it pop up almost every day in newspapers around the world. The Window Film staff has compiled a few on this page that we found interesting. To submit articles that you see in consumer publications or your own hometown press, please e-mail a link to the story to dvass@glass.com or mail a copy of the article to Attn: Window Film magazine, P.O. Box 569, Garrisonville, VA 22463. 

Undress for Success
Norfolk, Va.—If you are of the forgiving nature and would like to help undo some of the many negative effects illegal tint has on the window film industry, offering to remove it may do more than simply boost your business. A recent study indicates that, rather than dressing for success, those cited with a tint violation should just take it off—the tint that is!

A recent study by Norfolk, Va.-based NewsChannel 3 indicates that removing illegal tint prior to the hearing almost always wins a dismissal. The same study indicates that dressing for success bears no influence on a judge’s decision. Drivers who came to court with proof that they had fixed the cause of their infraction almost always won dismissals.

Show Us the Money
Griffith, Ind.
—When the Griffith Town Council recently decided not to extend a two-percent raise to town employees, one local resident was quick to point out that perhaps the measure would have been more feasible if money hadn’t been spent on tinting the local police department and administrators’ cars.

“As a full time town employee it disgusts me to see how most of the Town Council is,” commented the individual who chose to offer his comments in the form of a web-based posting. “How can they vote down a measly two-percent raise for hard working employees, but think it’s ok for the police department to spend big bucks this past year to put window tint on all administrators’ and detectives’ cars—seven or eight total. That money could have been way better spent.”

Hide and Seek is Over
Newburgh, N.Y.
—Time and time again, illegal window film has proven that it does nothing to hide criminals and criminal activity from police. The fact is, it does more to expose it. No one knows this better than Anthony Newbern. When Newbern was stopped recently by state troopers for excessive window tint, he fled on foot, but was quickly discovered hiding behind a nearby house. Why was Newbern hiding from police? He was found in possession of more than six grams of crack cocaine. Once the illegal tint failed and the hide-and-seek session was over, Newbern then decided to hide behind a false name. In the end, he faces charges for criminal possession of a controlled substance fourth degree, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, and false impersonation—all a far cry from the originally intended illegal tint charge.

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