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YouTube screen capture from a video showing two Quebec police officers dozing in their car.

Two Quebec provincial police officers caught snoozing in their cruiser are now under investigation by their force - and under the global gaze of YouTube.

They were caught by an amateur videographer in the act of, well, not doing anything on Thursday morning.

When one of the two woke up, he asked for the cameraman's driver's licence - and promptly gave him a $156 ticket for a parking violation.

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The brief encounter began when the camera-toting citizen walked up to the parked vehicle. He continued rolling tape as the two officers, their seats tilted all the way back, slept.

"They're sleeping on the job!" the observer exclaimed.

At that moment, the officer in the driver's seat began to stir.

The officer snapped to attention and delivered that timeless request that strikes terror in the hearts of delinquent motorists everwhere: "Let's see your driver's licence," he grumbled.

The officer then delivered a ticket for parking in a restricted area.

But the citizen is contesting the fine and has posted the video of the dozing cops on YouTube.

The events on the video clip unfolded in just over 20 seconds.

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Sûreté du Québec spokesman Ronald McInnis said the force is investigating. The police can't do anything to erase the ticket, he said, but added that the recipient is free to contest it.

The incident occurred near Highway 40 in the Mauricie region, northeast of Montreal.

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