Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Ho No! -- Meter Maid Tickets Santa

New York City has landed itself squarely on Santa Claus' naughty list after a ticket agent gave jolly St. Nick a ticket for double parking while delivering gifts to children in Brooklyn. "The kids started crying: 'That's Santa's car! That's Santa's car!' But this grinch just went ahead and fined me anyways," Santa told the Daily News.

Chip Cafiero said he'll fight the $115 ticket he got in Brooklyn on Black Friday when he was dressed as Santa. The 60-year-old retired schoolteacher was riding a horse-drawn carriage and handing out toys and candy canes. A sport utility vehicle carrying the toys and protecting the horse from traffic was double parked next to him.

Santa said he yelled "Ho! Ho! Ho!" to get the traffic agent's attention because the SUV wasn't blocking traffic. But in his words, "This grinch just went ahead and fined me."
State Sen. Martin Golden, a former cop, called the parking ticket "ridiculous."

Comments posted on the site included things like this:
“I hate NY. This isn't the reason, but it shines a light on it.”
“Oh for crying out loud!!! Santa was there to drop off gifts, and he gets a ticket, come on!”
“You can't ticket Santa! Since Santa is supposed to be from the North Pole, he should have diplomatic immunity and therefore can't be ticketed.”

--From NBC New York News


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being as how Santa is from the North Pole, wonder where his licence plates were registered.

Should have told the maid to send it by mail.....On Dec. 20th, put it in your fireplace let it burn and the smoke will carry it up to Santa, like we were taught as toddlers.


December 19, 2008 1:29 PM  

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