One of the most visible people in beautifying Mammoth Lakes, Farley Spector was cited for jaywalking on Sunday, August 7. Spector can be seen picking up trash and gathering recyclables around town in all types of weather. He does it all on foot, and he does it because it’s the right thing to do, not for the money or glory.
This was Spector’s first offense; he’s never been arrested, never been in a car accident, and never received a warning when he jaywalked before, Spector told The Sheet as he packed two more bags of cans and bottles into his Honda Accord outside his apartment on Monday.
He said he was floored when he received a summons in the mail that he had to go to court for the ticket and face a maximum penalty of $190. In the last six weeks he made $160 from turning in recyclables.
“It was freakish,” he said. He’s going to plead not guilty and he plans to fight the ticket.
Spector said he was crossing Minaret Road at the corner of Main Street, using the crosswalk. However, he said, he was running a red light, and one driver who was trying to make a right turn blew his horn while Farley raced to get out of his way.
Reserve Officer Richard Worcester told Spector he knew him and his routine, “But we don’t want you getting hurt,” he said, according to Spector. The officer ran his name for warrants or other violations, but didn’t ask any questions.
Worcester was unavailable for comment as of press time.
Spector said he’s never seen anyone get a ticket for jaywalking before. “I’m just walking the street, mindfully, I’ve never had a ticket, I’ve got a clean driving record. I’m a good Samaritan.”
Spector is a consummate runner, clocking in 50+ miles a week, he told The Sheet in February, and he never misses a day.