With conviction, let’s call a truce in pedal pub wars

Drive on, you crazy Pedal Pub. Hammacher Schlemmer

Pedal pub hatred hit its peak earlier this spring when bicycling vigilantes in Minneapolis attacked several of the slow moving, partially alcohol-fueled vehicles with squirt guns and water balloons.

One of those attacks, however, happened to be against a bunch of off-duty cops, who did not see anything fun about being sprayed with water and went after their attackers. No one was injured but five people were charged.

The controversy created a public stir that required anthropologists to plumb the depths of our societal contempt for pedal pubs and those aboard them.

Today, though, comes word that the arrests and charges brought a single misdemeanor conviction. The Star Tribune reports:

John D. Rock Jr., 25, of Shakopee, pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in connection with the prank. Rock was fined $300, ordered to pay restitution of $395 to the Pedal Pub proprietor and also has a stayed 45-day jail sentence hanging over his head for one year.

Dropped were misdemeanor charges of fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct involving fighting or brawling.

“It was a dumb mistake intended for fun, and the rest of the world thought otherwise,” Rock said Wednesday.

There’s a valuable lesson here, but I can’t quite find it. Let’s set aside our pedal pub hatred and move on.