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Man Claims He Got Parking Ticket For Having Romney Sticker

October 2, 2012 by  

Man Claims He Got Parking Ticket For Having Romney Sticker

A man in Atlanta claims he received a parking ticket after an officer noticed the Mitt Romney sticker on his car. The driver admits to having parked illegally, but it was what he claims to have heard the officer say that made him furious.

“I overheard her say that, when she saw the sticker on the back of my car, the Mitt Romney sticker, ‘Well you have a Romney sticker. I’m definitely going to give you a ticket now,’” the motorist recalled. “It sounded like she was almost insulted by the fact that I had a Mitt Romney sticker on the back of my car.”

Georgia Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Everhart responded to the allegations: “I am just amazed that this happened in this city. And I know that this is not what Mayor [Kasim] Reed would like to see his employees do. It reflects on the whole city.”

Eric Gray, a spokesperson for the Georgia Democratic Party, said the incident needs to be investigated before any further action is taken.

“We shouldn’t be casting stones and trying to throw people under the bus,” Gray said. “This guy shouldn’t be targeted because of his bumper sticker. But we also shouldn’t target people’s jobs based upon conjecture or what we’re not certain about. Someone should investigate it. Let’s see what happens. Let’s let it play out.”

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • Vigilant

    “The driver admits to having parked illegally.”

    I’d be irritated as well if I overheard such a comment from the ticketing officer, but the man has no basis for charges of unethical/illegal behavior unless he can prove that illegally parked cars with Obama decals were not ticketed.

    • Vigilant

      According to Fox, “ParkAtlanta issued a statement saying that the officer and the man involved have different stories.”

      He said – she said.

      • Jazzabelle

        Of course they will have different stories. The real story will be told by the surveillance videos on the police car.

    • FreedomFighter

      After spending several months in the Atlanta area – i believe the guy that got the ticket. Atlanta is being strangled as we speak by the left, its center-left at this time and the demonrats want Atlanta.

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi

      • Benjamin Fox

        Well said FreedomFighter, Semper Fi, back at you from this old Jarhead. Hitler did it now obozo is repeating history, every move Hitler made obozo is using to become king, messiah and the worshipper of the islamic little god. Keep up the good fight friend and God Bless, the left sure won’t they hate God and that is their down fall.

    • Nobody’s Fool

      Oh you nitpicker. The targeting of his car was more for the Romney sticker than the illegal parking. She said it herself. So we know who she is voting for, don’t we!?

      • Barbara

        Bet the person who gave him the ticket was BLACK

    • Gordon

      Facts are that quite often various bumper stickers will increase your odds of getting a ticket compared to a warning. Inversely I know several who have sheriff or trooper donation stickers to evoke lenient action. It is no secret that outside influences affect your status. If an officer is having a bad day he might stick it to you.

    • Tom

      Here’s a very simple solution.

      1. Having parked and more importantly, having admitted to having parked illegally, the complainant should pay the ticket and then file a complaint about the officer’s words.

      2. Investigating to see how many with “obama” stickers did not get tickets did not get tickets would prove little. Rather, the investigation should take a sampling time of say six months to a year and examine how many people’s cars with “Romney” stickers, etc… were ticketed by this very officer and check for cars with obama stickers over this same time frame being ticketed by this same officer. Officers’ names are usually on traffic tickets and examining the actual cars can easily prove this issue. Then, if a disparity is shown, the officer should be heavily repremanded or even fired for selective enforcement of the law (I believe, an actual criminal charge) and all those ticketed by this officer with “Romney” stickers on their cars ticketed by this officer have their fines refunded with a sincere apology and any further similar political stickered cars ticketed by this officer be put under future review due to unreasonable bias by this same officer.

      If this issue is proven, there should also be immediate counseling of all other officers about this subject and provisions put in place to help discourage similar actions for any other vehicles for any other similar reasons. Aka, make it a firiing offense if proven.

      • sootsme

        Um, Liberty has its price- Parking illegally can get you a ticket. Sporting a bumper sticker can have consequences, as well. You pays yer money & you takes yer choice- this used to be called America, and most of us willingly paid the price. For me, my freedom of expression is worth the cost of a parking ticket, and much more. The proper response is to use this incident to inspire us all to do more in order to rescue and to preserve what so many Americans paid much more than the cost of a parking for…

      • sootsme

        Oops! “The cost of a *parking ticket*…”

  • Doc Sarvis

    It is also wrong to pull people over because of the color of their skin. That happens in a lot of places in this country.

    • Vigilant

      As with Robert Smith, we can be confident in Sarvis’ penchant for inserting the gratuitous remark.

      • phideaux

        Yes, Doc and RS are well known for their inane vacuous remarks.

    • Larry K.

      they are not pulled over because they are black, they are pulled over for breaking a traffic law and because of that the police find illeagle drugs etc. it happens to the whites also. the blacks are the most to be breaking the law.

      • Robbie Borot


    • General ” Bull ” Shipper

      Doc, would you please advise, with proof, where people are pulled over just because of the color of their skin. This is pretty broad statement to make without some kind of proof.

      • Doc Sarvis
      • Gordon

        When I lived in the city, I heard white/black cops say that they stopped a black man when they would have let a white go on by.

      • Jefferson Thomas

        @ Doc Sarvis

        Thanks for the information from your unbiased and fair organization that is full of anti-American liars, socialists, communists, atheists, and worst of all lawyers.

        Reminds me of a favorite saying of mine that is modified from a Mark Twain quote: “There are liars, damned liars, and then there are lawyers.

        There is nothing American about the ACLU. They are uncivil. They would not know what liberty was if it bit them in the posterior. The union part…well that, ok yeah.

    • Julie

      Right,so what does your comment have to do with this story?

  • sal

    He admitted to the illegal parking, why would he lie about this story. Wake up american its racial and I bet the officer was black!

    • Doc Sarvis

      Why would you bet the officer was black?

      • glen

        have you ever been to atlanta ?? if you had you would not ask that question !!!

      • Doc Sarvis

        I have been to Atlanta. It is a valid question.

      • Larry K.

        it doesn’t matter what color the officer is, the man broke the law and he deserves a ticket.

      • Gordon

        Larry, I don’t think the problem is the ticket. The problem is the officer’s mouth.

    • samuel

      Sal, I am with you. .Some people live on lies deceitful life and wants to create political
      tension..This motorist knowing very well he or she was illegally paeked and was issued with parking ticket as a result.
      He or she cannot blame nobody but rather come out with some bizzar fabricated allegation to cerate attention for him /her self..
      The ticket must be paid and the false political allegation be dismissed and burried at right

  • glen

    atlanta police department in 2007 had 57 % majority over whites by now it’s most likely a good deal more !! so the chances the officer was black is pretty good . no matter what color the officer was he or she should not have made the comment !!!!

    • Doc Sarvis

      And the man should not have parked illegaly. He’ just playing the victim I guess.

      • Arnold Persky

        Your head’s in the sand. Willing to bet the officer is not caucasian. Not that white’s don’t do this too. Fact he was illegally parked is not the issue. It was what caused the officer to issue the ticket rather than issue a warning for example. Is that issue sufficiently framed for you or will you forget the facts as most libs are prone to?

      • Jazzabelle

        I hear lots of people wondering about the officer’s race, but so far nobody has asked about the race of the guy who got the ticket.

        Why does it matter? … Ask yourself.

        Btw, there are 2 separate issues here. One, the illegal parking: the guy should pay his ticket. Two, the unacceptable (possibly criminal) actions of the cop: this should NOT be let go, it is NOT “no big deal.” It must be investigated and dealt with. Of course, it will simply mean that cops go on doing it but they won’t say it to their victim. Even that would be some improvement.

    • eddie47d

      Although that may be true Glen it really doesn’t matter if Atlanta is 100% black or white and this is another poke in the eye racial issue being brought up. In the old days a black man didn’t even have to have a political sticker on his car to be stopped and ticketed. I heard (not witnessed) a claim that a black man was stopped and the officer couldn’t find anything wrong. Instead of admitting his error he went back and busted a tail light and then issued the summons for that infraction. That Romney comment may have been uncalled for but is a minor issue and is much to do about nothing.

  • Dwight Mann

    I would call it a first amendment issue, and the officer does have a right to their opinion. They should use more respect when saying such stuff. . . Know what I say?

    • Gordon

      IF a business employee made a comment to a customer and ruined the business/client relationship, he’d be fired.

  • BigArch

    Remember a few years ago a black man was shot in Atlanta. He claimed it was a racial shooting. Funny thing, the two police officers that shot him were black, the police chief was black, the DA was black and the mayor was black. The victim was right, Atlanta is a racist city.

  • bwilly123

    Regardless of what the ticketing officer said, the car owner clearly states that he knew he parked illegally and deserved to get a ticket. Everything after that is B.S. and doesn’t matter unless people who were legally parked were being ticketed.

    • Gordon

      wrong. its not about the ticket, its about improper conduct of the officer.

  • JuliaD

    I live in the ATL area and have seen this happen too many times. It has happened to me at airport for picking up travelers at the curb when I noticed a car being parked in front that were black were allowed to stay longer. I ask the black officer why he is allowing the car stay longer and he said I could write you a ticket.

  • tlgeer

    “The driver admits to having parked illegally, but it was what he claims to have heard the officer say that made him furious.”

    It doesn’t matter what he may have overheard, he parked illegally. End of story.

    • Nancy Miller

      What makes you think it doesn’t matter? A professional that takes their job serious should never let their personal opinions affect the job they are paid to do. The comment was wrong and had nothing to do with the ticket. That is racial profiling plain and simple . I think Romney supporters should be filming and recording for their protection until after this election.

    • Jazzabelle

      No, NOT end of story. He parked illegally, so he should pay the ticket. The officer (allegedly) also broke the law (yes, the officer’s comments, if true, show that he intentionally enforced the law in a discriminatory manner). He must be investigated and punished according to the law, regardless of how the traffic ticket issue is resolved.

      • tgeer

        It’s only criminal if the man was issued a parking ticket because of this bumper sticker.

  • T. Jefferson

    Was his the only car parked illegally? Did she ticket the other illegally parked cars? In the end it comes down to this. If you don’t break the law, you don’t have legal entanglements with the law.

  • Dave J

    With all the previous comments about a bumper sticker being a liability, maybe I should take off the THREE stickers that state, (with barack’s face on one end) DOES THIS ASS MAKE MY CAR LOOK FAT? Anybody think I should keep them on?

  • Liberterian

    The officer when seeing the illegal parking should have excercised more common sense. Issue the citation and keep the mouth shut. His job is to enforce not conjectue.

  • Hopingforbetter

    Atlanta is ground center for the “new south” which is a city that in trying to overcome white guilt has let it totally become a black city. They have no guilt just as racist as they want to be. They are in charge and most people are subject now to the dictorial control of the left. Sad but Atlanta has become now on par with Memphis and Birmimgham. Both are failing in all their infrastructures with failing schools and city budgets shot to H____! Birmingham is now in bankruptcy. But somebody had to pay the bill and not many taxpayers living in these inner cities now. Perfect example of what whole country will look like if BHO gets re-elected. Vote Romney/Ryan.

  • Hopingforbetter

    To Vigilant: you can bet your “gub-ment” check that cars with Romney stickers got ticketed that day. Where I used to live they run the show. City fathers mayor all are Black. We moved to get away from taxes constantly going up because of mismanagement and turmoil and infighting.


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