After a man was killed outside of a rap concert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, people who had parked in what would become a crime scene were outraged to find their vehicles had been cited by parking enforcement.
The fatal shooting occurred in a downtown parking lot near the concert venue. Due to the killing, a large area was blocked off to the public for more than 10 hours so investigators could do their work. Because of this, several people found themselves unable to reach their parked cars for a very, very long time.
Robert Espinoza, a local bouncer who had parked in the taped-off area, told KRQE that he was instructed to leave his vehicle where it was. He didn’t have a problem with doing so, but he wanted to make sure he wouldn’t receive a ticket. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened.
“I called Parking Enforcement, and they told me I wasn’t going to receive any citations, and I received a citation,” said Espinoza. “I spoke to the person that issued the citation. She said I should have gotten my car as soon as the barricades were open. I was at work at that time.”
Apparently, a parking officer went into the crime scene just 10 minutes after the area was closed off and started ticketing the vehicles in the area. City officials have since said the officer made a mistake.
“Our parking enforcement officer made a mistake and went back in and cited about 10 vehicles,” said Mark Motsko, who oversees the city’s parking lots.
Fortunately, the city made right and threw out the parking tickets, but we can chalk this up as another example of a hurting economy leading to a itchy trigger finger when it comes to ticket writing.
After all, neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, nor brutal murder stays these parking enforcement officials from the swift completion of their revenue-generating rounds.