Police chief writes himself ticket after he’s caught parking on sidewalk

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GROVELAND, FL – A police chief in Florida issued a parking ticket to himself after someone pointed out on Facebook that he committed a parking violation.

Facebook user David Bires posted two pictures last Tuesday of what appears to be the police chief’s car blocking the sidewalk. In the post, Bires said “Groveland police department is handing out tickets to people who park their vehicles in there own driveway if they block the sidewalk, $40.00 tickets are issued, but when the chief of police block sidewalks it’s OK?”

The following day, the Groveland Chief of police Tennyson issued himself a ticket for a sidewalk fine. The Groveland Police Department posted a picture of the ticket on their Facebook page along with a statement from Chief Tennyson.

The statement reads:

Mr. Jones and members of council,

Last night while I was conducting business and a meeting with Mr. Jones at City Hall I parked next to Mr. Jones’s vehicle along Highway 50. And parking I believed that I was far enough off of the sidewalk as to not block the walkway along side of City Hall. I was advised by one of my road supervisors that they had a concern that I was in fact blocking part of the walkway along side City Hall. As a result of my parking I believe the supervisor was correct therefore I have voluntarily paid the $45 parking violation fee to City Hall for improper parking. The reason I have done this is due to the fact that we enforce our parking violations as well as all laws and city ordinances I cannot therefore hold anyone accountable until I hold myself accountable and as I have always said it starts at the top.

Very respectfully,

Chief Tennyson

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