After LeBron James tweeted about jury duty earlier this week, Sidney Crosby joined the “Athletes Doing Normal Things” tour by making a trip to the good old DMV on Friday. A rookie mistake by Sid the Kid going on the busiest day for such errands, but luckily for the face of the NHL, there is a rule in the state the Pens play in that allowed him to cut to the front of the line.
Crosby, there to renew his driver’s license, became the beneficiary of a Pennsylvania DMV policy in which celebrities can be ushered to the front of the line if supervisors determine it would help in “keeping control and keeping disruptions to a minimum,” a spokeswoman for the motor vehicles department told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Other patrons of the DMV on Friday were not so impressed that Crosby was allowed to cut in line.
“I disapprove,” said DMV goer on Friday Susan Campbell to the Post-Gazette after waiting in line twice during an hour-and-half visit. “He should have to sit and wait with everyone else.”
Campbell’s 22-year-old daughter, Stephanie, acknowledged her reaction to Crosby’s arrival was just what the DMV’s policy makers had in mind.
“If I knew he was going to be there, I’d be down there in five seconds,” Stephanie Campbell told the newspaper.
Jacob Davis, 16. Successfully passed his driving test to earn his license. But he was less than impressed by Crosby.
“He’s another person like everyone else,” Jacob said.
Sherry Davis echoed her son’s sentiments.
“He probably should have waited,” she said.
According to the Post-Gazette’s report, celebrities are free to have their agents book an appointment with the Pennsylvania DMV ahead of time.
Safe to say, it’s an option Crosby could consider and one that Paula Miles had the common sense to agree with according to the Gazette.
“I think, with his popularity, he’s going to get inundated and it’s going to be totally disruptive if he’s not taken,” said Paula Miles, 52. “I’d rather have that than have a mob scene.”
Perhaps if Crosby played for say, the Steelers, he would get more respect at the DMV from the people that were unimpressed at seeing one of Canada’s sports heroes being able to cut the line at the DMV.