The law is the law

@dfollin (12352)
United States
February 10, 2011 6:38pm CST
I heard on the news tonight how this handicapped man goes a few times a month to this restaurant and get a carryout order where the handicapped parking place is right in front and he got there this time and there was a car in the spot.The car had no flasher's or other light's on. So,he found two parking spots beside each other that was a ways down the parking lot and he parked.Electronically opened the door to the van and released the ramp down.Went into the restaurant and got in line and looked for the person in that car and did not see them.They were not in the place they had parked in front ofHe waited in line to get his order for 20 minutes and never saw the person or the car move. This morning he called the local news station and they telephoned the business that owned the car and gave them the vehicle ID number at 10:00.5:00 this evening they called the news reporter back to say they had found out who was responsible and would investigate the matter!. The business was the local police station! A cop did this! And they will investigate the matter?Hmmmmm!Now if that were me or you,no excuses,we would get a ticket and be fined. Do you think the cop should receive more then a ticket and fine because of his or her position?
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@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
11 Feb 11
Thanks for sharing this. I think the cop should face the same ticket and fine as any other individual. They should know better! And I think their superior should also take additional action against that person and dock their pay or something to make the point. A cop should not be above the law!
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@dfollin (12352)
• United States
11 Feb 11
I agree,he or she should be repromanded by their superior's.
• United States
11 Feb 11
Just as the law uses offenders as examples they need to do the same with the police. They are not above all that be all that ends all. If I were the handicapped person I would make such a media stink as this is wrong. NO one should ever utilize a handicapped space if not handicapped, including cops. Why is it that if they do it it is okay as this matter is going to be swept under the carpet I am sure. If you and I did it we would probably be on front page news with shame.
@dfollin (12352)
• United States
11 Feb 11
It is all over the news,including on the news breaks where they tell highlights of the news as commercials.
• United States
11 Feb 11
I think they should be given the same punsihment i would get for doing that. Plus since they are a cop they should be fined without pay for a few weeks to think about the issue.
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@dfollin (12352)
• United States
11 Feb 11
I totally agree,cops should have worse punishment.
@anniepa (27159)
• United States
13 Feb 11
He absolutely should get more than a ticket and a fine! He needs to be used to set an example. I think this is a simple case of someone's job and seeming authority going to his head and he needs to be brought back to earth. I'm not going to go so far as to say he should lose his job, but there should b more consequences than a simple parking ticket. Annie
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@KrauseHome (34153)
• United States
12 Feb 11
Wow!! A cop parking in a handicapped spot without a Sticker or anything? If they were in their own personal car they should be ticketed, as that is against the Law. If nothing is done that goes more to prove that they are allowed to get their badges just so they have a right to break laws, and kill people even when their is not a just cause. I hope justice is served in your case.
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• United States
11 Feb 11
It's sad that sometimes they think they are above the law. When actually they are supposed to be upholding and protecting the law. The officer does need a ticket and he also needs a desk job until he can remember why he became an officer to begin with.
@Hatley (163727)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Feb 11
hi dfollin. You are so right even police are not above the law. I n my opinion he or she should bet a ticket and a stiff fine as a police officer should know better than to park in a handicapped spot.'How dare this person do such a thing.A selfish pig is this person who took up a handicapped person's right to park close to the restaurant. He or she should also receive a reprimand for doing this unspeakable act.
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@dawnald (84155)
• Shingle Springs, California
11 Feb 11
Well I'd say AT LEAST a ticket and a fine...
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@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
11 Feb 11
They are subject to the laws and regulations just like the rest of us, although sadly, a lot of the time their discretions get swept.. "under the rug."
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• United States
18 Feb 11
he should get a bigger fine for abusing his position. were he responding to a call,that's different,but just errands,no.
@shaggin (32537)
• United States
17 Feb 11
That is really ridiculous. Thats what handicapped spots are for is for the handicapped people to not have to wakl as far. I think that the cop was wrong to just park whereever they wanted. I think that they should get a fine just like if I parked in a handcapped parking space without a permit. I'm glad the guy didnt let it go and turned it into the local television station. Way to go! Even if nothing else is done hopefully the cop will be really embarrassed about what he did.
• Mexico
12 Feb 11
Hi dfollin: I think that cops have more power than a normal citizen. They should know the law in order to make people respect it so I think that he/she deserves more than a ticket and a fine because of his/ her position. I think that's the way we'd send a message to the public that everybody, specially those that have an important power must respect laws. ALVARO
@JohnMach (556)
• Philippines
11 Feb 11
Just so that a cop did it doesn't mean all cops are bad. You should give them the benefit of the doubt.
• United States
11 Feb 11
yes, the cop should get a ticket the handicapped parking place should only be for handicapped people who need a parking place. the cop should have not done that!
• United States
11 Feb 11
I agree with the others. A ticket, a fine, and a suspension without pay. This person is in charge of upholding the law and as such needs to be made aware of the importance of obeying the laws. He holds a higher responsibility than the average person.
• India
11 Feb 11
good
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
11 Feb 11
The cop should get charged the same as you or I would have for the same crime. I once accidently parked in a handicapped spot. It was the middle of the night and it was snowing really hard. I did not see the sign which was up on the building. There were no other cars in the lot and I ran in the store to get one item. I was in there less than 5 mins...came out and a cop was waiting......50.00 fine. He pointed to the sign....I seriously didn't even notice it but there was no exceptions. I got the fine.
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
11 Feb 11
For me yes because we live in this society that law is the best of all.
@zenki08 (700)
• Philippines
11 Feb 11
I have seen this many times over. When people in authority abuse their position. I just don't know why they can't follow simple rules that they themselves should be aware. I think this type of people should be given stiffer penalties for the violation
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
11 Feb 11
I doubt they will get a ticket or a fine but they should. They should not be doing that. The guy should have at least called the police & told them right at the time it happened.