Sidney Crosby Cuts in Line at DMV


The Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles has a policy that allows celebrities to jump to the front of the line when trying to renew their license or handle other DMV business, sparing them of hours of frustration.

Sidney Crosby took full advantage of this perk on Friday, and the Penguins captain’s preferential treatment angered some Average Janes in the process.

“He should have to sit and wait with everyone else,” Susan Campbell told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

But Crosby sitting and waiting with everyone else is exactly what the DMV wants to avoid. The policy is in place to eliminate the potential hysteria that could ensue if someone tweeted or texted a photo of Crosby — or Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger or Pirates All-Star Andrew McCutchen — sitting at the DMV and dozens (or hundreds) of fans came down to gawk at their hero waiting in line with the rest of the schlubs.

Deadspin weighs in:

Sorry, Susan Campbell of Cranberry (“He should have to sit and wait with everybody else”): Allowing the famous, especially celebrities as prone to Twitter-fueled mobbing as Crosby is in a Pittsburgh suburb, to conduct their business at the DMV in an efficient manner will add maybe a couple of minutes to your wait. Allowing fans and the public to mob those celebs threatens to choke up the DMV, add more time spent in line to every patron’s day, and produce much bigger headaches for workers. This is policy that exists not because Crosby is special, but because the general public ain’t shit, and can’t be reasonably expected to let celebrities be normal people, as Campbell’s own daughter (“If I knew he was going to be there, I’d be down there in five minutes”) proves.

Maybe, but we’re sure no Philadelphia athlete would ever be caught dead cutting the line at the DMV, right?