Chad Johnson's Inability to Read French Is Resulting in Many Parking Tickets

MIAMI, FL - MAY 24:  Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson watches the Miami Heat play against the Chicago Bulls in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 24, 2011 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterJuly 8, 2014

After overcoming uncertainty regarding his work permit, Chad Johnson is finally in Canada and ready to work for his new employers, the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

The only problem now, however, seems to be all the French road signs lining the streets of his new home. Johnson posted a picture to Instagram of two parking tickets he earned after illegally parking in Montreal.

The wide receiver captioned the picture with a less than jovial message.

"I [bleeping] love everything about Montreal, they gave me a ticket for each windshield wiper. Now that's some thoughtful [bleep]," Johnson wrote.

Johnson tweeted a message to Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre on Tuesday, asking if there’s any way Coderre can help him out of the 15 parking tickets he’s accumulated since arriving in town.

How long did it take Johnson to rack up 15 parking tickets? He says he’s been in Montreal for two weeks.

Rest assured, Johnson might be averaging over a ticket a day since arriving in Canada, but the mayor appears to be willing to hear him out. Johnson suggested they meet up for some fast food, coffee or cigars.

Coderre says he's down to meet for a crash course in French.

So, let it be known: It could come to pass that Johnson and the mayor of Montreal sit down for cigars and a private, high-level discussion about the city’s public infrastructure—which could be the plot of a very Canadian James Bond movie.

I’ll keep you in my thoughts, Ocho. Moreover, I’ll send you a book filled with easy instructions on how to use your smartphone to translate French into English.


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