Sad People Get Tickets, Too

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Sad People Get Tickets, Too

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, members of the community are very unhappy about parking tickets they received while attending a funeral, reports minnesota.cbslocal.com.

Vadnais Heights resident Amy Baker said she was devastated by the loss of her 44-year-old friend and neighbor. “He was just a very well-respected community member,” Baker said. The state patrol said there were about 40 or 50 cars parked along the highway, prompting concerned drivers to report that it was creating a safety risk.

Ms. Baker thought it was “malicious and disrespectful” for enforcement officers to ticket her while she was paying her respects to her friend. Police thought she and the other drivers parked on the shoulder of the highway were creating a dangerous situation.

It seems ridiculous to think attending a funeral makes you exempt from the laws of the road. It also seems unwise for law enforcement to 1) not address parking for a funeral that appeared to be drawing greater than usual numbers and 2) to hand out tickets instead. But to me, the responsibility lies with the driver. Expecting the police to take into account your emotional needs when enforcing parking regulations is absolutely foolish. Lashing out at them for doing their jobs is misguided.

As one commentor posted:

Take responsibility for your poor choice of parking. Pay the ticket and move on.

Read the article here.

John Van Horn

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