Parking Tickets for Mourners of Fallen Marine Were a Slap in the Face

parking ticketParking tickets in general make me angry, but parking tickets issued during a funeral procession for a Marine? Those make me furious. Indeed, they made quite a few people furious.

U.S. Marine Cpl. Conner Lowry of Chicago passed away just last week while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan. He will be deeply missed: During his funeral procession, even people who happened to be driving by pulled over and got out of their cars to pay respect. I'm sure the last thing on anyone's mind at that point was the possibility of returning to find a parking ticket on their windshield.

But that's exactly what happened.

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Parking enforcement aides went on a virtual ticket-writing spree! Can you imagine? Completely outrageous. It would have been completely outrageous for something like that to happen during anybody's funeral, but a fallen Marine?

Thankfully Mayor Rahm Emanuel was appropriately shocked and dismayed when he heard about what happened. City Hall apparently issued an apology and all tickets have been voided.

Still, I have to wonder what the "parking enforcement aides" were thinking. Funeral processions aren't subtle; it had to be pretty obvious what was going on. Either they weren't thinking at all or they were being deliberately disrespectful. I'd hate for the latter to be true, though the "not thinking" option doesn't exactly inspire confidence.

What do you think happened? Why did parking enforcement aides ticket cars during a Marine's funeral procession?


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