Volume 12, Issue 1 - January/February 2008

The Back Page
Film in the News
Compiled from News Reports Around the World

Window film is a popular item among consumers and, as such, stories about it pop up almost every day in newspapers across the world. The Window Film staff has compiled a few on this page that we found interesting. To submit articles that you see in consumer publications or your own hometown press, please e-mail a link to the story to dvass@glass.com or mail a copy of the article to Attn: Window Film magazine, P.O. Box 569, Garrisonville, VA 22463.

Sir Elton Was Here
Townsville, Queensland, Australia—When Trevor Brereton went to Townsville to purchase a new car, he had his eye on a new Audi Q7. When he went to pay for the vehicle, however, he was told he wasn’t the only one interested. A certain Sir Elton also had his eye on the vehicle and it was the only Q7 available to transport him from the airport to his concert.

Brereton agreed to lend his new car to the musician. When the car returned, the ticket price had risen a few thousand dollars after Sir Elton had window tint installed to ensure his privacy. Brereton admits, in the end, bragging rights cost much more than the tint job.

“I ended up paying nearly double for it, just so I could say I have the car Elton used in Townsville,” he told the Townsville Bulletin.

Uncle Sam Aids in Tint Crackdown
Denver, N.C.
—Deputy Larry Ingle wrote more than 1,500 traffic tickets in 2007 and says he’s proud of it. He says that aggressive enforcement of traffic laws makes the roads safer and has led to the apprehension of crooks.

Ingle says thanks to a grant from Homeland Security, there’s been an aggressive crackdown on window tint violations in his jurisdiction. The grant allowed his department to purchase a high-tech tint meter and officers have been using it since October 2007. Ingle told news@norman, a local paper, that previously deputies did not have a reliable way to measure window tinting.

“I want to be able to see in that car and see peoples’ hands,” Ingle says. “It’s a safety issue for law enforcement.”

Tint Makes Burglar’s Necessity List
Fort Walton Beach, Fla.—A 20-year-old burglary suspect recently told investigators how he spent his ill-gotten gains. Window tint was among the necessities listed. “He advised he spent the money on items such as a Playstation 3, window tint for his car, a new Fossil watch he wore during the interview, marijuana, beer and food,” investigator Samantha Schill wrote in Christopher Allen Rozzelle’s arrest report.

Rozzelle worked at Lenny’s Sub Shop, where he went into the store at night and stole money from the safe, according to his arrest report. He burglarized the business twice and ended up throwing the safe into a Pizza Hut dumpster. 

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