Apparently even Santa isn’t immune from the long, revenue collecting arm of the New York City traffic police. On Black Friday, retired teacher and community organizer Chip Cafiero was delivering toys to kids in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn dressed as Santa Claus, when one of the cars in his Santa convoy was issued a $115 dollar ticket for being double parked.
Cafiero was actually was riding a horse-drawn carriage, handing out toys and candy canes to area children. The vehicle that was ticketed was a Chevy Suburban that held the toys and protected the horse from traffic.
Cafiero said “The kids started crying: ‘That’s Santa’s car! That’s Santa’s car!’ But this grinch just went ahead and fined me anyways. Talk about a complete lack of Christmas spirit. I stood up and yelled, ‘Ho! Ho! Ho!’ real loud to get her attention, but she just looked at me and scanned my car.”
An NYPD spokesman refused to comment.
State Sen. Martin Golden (R-Bay Ridge), who was at the event with Santa, called the ticket “ridiculous”. “It looks like Santa Claus will have to make a special trip from the North Pole to traffic court during his busy season,” he said.
(via The NY Daily News)