Occasionally, there's a lunch spot so good that many will risk the chance of receiving a parking ticket to go with their tasty meal. A few folks in Atlanta have found just such a spot, but they're upset over how the local parking enforcement is handling the situation. Not because the Atlanta Police Department was handing out the tickets, but rather they wrote the tickets to get the cars to move... and then took the spots for themselves.

According to local news outlet WSBTV, a man who chooses to go simply by the name Oscar has supplied cellphone video of cops utilizing the very same illegal spaces that just produced tickets for other motorists. The APD Office of Professional Standards has stated that it's looking into the matter to determine if officers violated any departmental policies.

You can click over to WSBTV.com for the video, and find the rest of their story here.


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      tinted up
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am not in the least bit surprised. This is a perfect example of why an officer's word should never be taken as fact and is never more credible than any other citizen's word. This is a major flaw in our justice system and I vote that more substantial evidence be used in a lot of cases than just what an officer claims. While I do agree that we owe somewhat of a debt to our police for sometimes having their lives hang in the balance, I would say that the debt is paid when they receive their wages and healthcare benefits. If you don't like the job or don't feel safe taking some risk, find another line of work.
      r_r
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why would you move your car if you have already received ticket? I'd park there as long as possible if I see ticket on my windshield.
      pinyatapbjtime
      • 3 Years Ago
      don't know if i can actually make out anything from the video.
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      That what you get for having donuts for lunch.
      GMan
      • 3 Years Ago
      The video quality is quite poor, but if what I see is correct...the one in uniform could afford to skip a few meals.
        Walt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @GMan
        Most of the cops in San Diego are what I would call morbidly obese. Word to the wise, if you want to ditch the police here, run, the cop chasing you will have a heart attack before he gets one block.
      pasigiri
      • 3 Years Ago
      Abuse of power. How far will it go ....
      Richard S.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The accused cops should have their car rights revoked and made ride bikes in Atlanta's hot weather.
      grandprixc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another case of police misbehavior. Alert the media!! Oh, wait...
        tinted up
        • 3 Years Ago
        @grandprixc
        It is far too late for that. Give it another 10-20 years and we will live in a Judge Dredd state. "I AM THE LAW!"
      xc99tf00
      • 3 Years Ago
      I see the same type of thing (though without getting others to move) here in Boston. On my way to work most days, I see cops pull over in a traffic lane, and park their vehicle so they can go to Dunkin Donuts to get a coffee or stereotypical donut. If it was a fire lane or something, I think that would be fine, as far as I'm concerned, they put themselves on the line and its a short trip in, but they pull over to the left lane and just park their car... Give me a break, the police station is a whopping eighth of a mile up the road (at most). Just walk to the DD and then back to the car parked at the station, it really isn't that far and doesn't add to the traffic issues Boston already has. (Rant over... Sorry, it bugs me every time I see it)
      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      I see this all the time, without the tickets. Police officers taking a break at my hotel in downtown San Jose, but instead of finding an actual parking spot they park in front of a fire hydrant or on the side walk. Sometimes there are up to 3 cars blocking traffic / pedestrian traffic just so they can hang out and drink coffee. I don't have a problem with cops parking in non-legal places when they're "off-duty" (lunch break), but at least try and tuck your car into a spot where its not in the way
        MaX PL
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex
        you should call a tow truck on em and see what happens.
        guyverfanboy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex
        I live in the Bay Area too, but I live in Santa Clara. The Santa Clara PD once gave my M-I-L a parking ticket for facing the wrong way when parking on the street.
          torqued
          • 3 Years Ago
          @guyverfanboy
          Isn't that actually illegal? It's not a huge ticket, but a lot of cities do ticket for it.
      Chris A
      • 3 Years Ago
      Funny thing is, City of Atlanta sold the right to enforce parking to a private company, ParkAtlanta. Cops can still write tickets, but they should have better things to do.
        Making11s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Chris A
        Gotta love the privatization of essential services. Let me guess, the city of Atlanta is already paying the contractors more than they were paying the meter maids. If not, give it time.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        poorboywrx
        • 3 Years Ago
        my experience throughout life has been that people with college degrees don't have a sense of self importance nor do they have the ability to ruin people's lives. I mean, let's compare your argument to let's say a physician. "The reason you see physicians and physicians offices get sued so often and lose so often is that they really do not know medicine at all and that is scary and i think inherently wrong." It's called being human, if you think being a douche i
          • 3 Years Ago
          @poorboywrx
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