When she recently showed up for her court date in Red Hook, a police officer remarked, “What are you doing drinking out of the bottle in the park? Ya gotta go to McDonald’s dump out the drink and then pour in the booze.”
Pressed for more information, Funke claims the officer said, “Did they write the brand down of the wine? If they don’t write the brand it doesn’t count. Like, ya can’t just write beer it’s gotta be Budweiser Beer. This law is ridiculous.” In fact, “they” did not write down the brand. Funke and her friends were told by the judge that their tickets were “defective” because they lacked the information, and with a stern warning, their cases were dismissed.