For the past month or so, there has been an extremely nice Mercedes S550 parking illegally in the handicap spots at my gym. The driver tries to use a temporary (red), expired placard by placing the placard on the dash and then carefully putting their sunglasses case over the part of the placard that shows the expiration date. :rolleyes: I’ve been able to see, however, that the placard is from 2009.
The police have been called numerous times by the gym management upon learning of the situation (by me of course). This gym is located in a very upper-middle class area and the police respond much better than in the Flint-area. However, as I simply report it and then go on with my workout, I’ve never actually known the outcome of any of these police calls other than second-hand info that he had already received one ticket.
Well today I see this same Mercedes parked in handicapped-parking when I arrive at the gym. And he’s still using the ridiculous tactic of covering up parts of his expired placard. Well this time I didn’t wait to report it to the lobby staff and have them make the 911 call (for those who think 911 isn’t the proper channel for these complaints, trust me, I have been advised by a police officer from this very department to do so) and made the call myself.
First of all, I was amazed at the prompt response time of these suburbanite cops; they were at the scene in less than 2 minutes. No exaggeration. Compare that to Flint times, where even murder calls wait an hour or more and it was shocking. But I digress. I went out to talk to the officer, who was pulled up directly behind the Mercedes. The officer, a young female, was sitting there looking at info on her computer screen. What she told me made absolutely no sense and I can’t believe it came out of the mouth of a trained police officer.
Evidently, when she ran the license plate of the Mercedes, it came back as being owned by a business rather than an individual. This fact, the officer told me, prevented her from being able to issue the vehicle a ticket. :dubious: The only option she was left with was to wait outside for a while, in hopes of catching the driver coming back to the vehicle, so she could ticket the individual himself. But other than that, nothing could be done.
Um, what?! So you’re telling me any company-vehicle then has a veritable license to park anywhere it chooses and suffer no consequences? Of course not. Then what in the hell was this officer talking about? If it’s owned by a company, issue the company the ticket. My guess, as this officer was young, is that she had no experience with such matters and she didn’t know how to proceed. But come on, if a car is illegally parked, it gets ticketed. Regardless of the owner. But from a police officer? They are the ones that are supposed to be versed on the ins-and-outs of the law.