Elderly couple outraged over double-parking ticket

January 10, 2008 3:28:18 PM PST
A New York City meter maid wrote a parking ticket to an elderly man who had double parked. The man was helping his blind wife get from a dialysis clinic back into the car. He told the cop that story, and she wrote the ticket anyway.

Eyewitness News reporter Kemberly Richardson has more.

"I said to her, I said, 'How could you be so cruel?'" Eugene Iannicelli said.

Iannicelli asked the question to a traffic agent as she wrote out and handed the 83-year-old a $115 ticket.

He was with his 84-year-old, legally blind, wheelchair-bound wife, Mary, at the time.

"I was very upset that she went ahead and finished writing it, without saying a word," Mary said.

It happened in front a medical center in Dyker Heights. There times a week, Eugene brings Mary to the facility for dialysis to treat her failing kidneys.

He says last month, he came to pick her up, and parked his 1992 Chevy in front. He admittedly double parked for about five minutes, saying there were no available spots.

As he wheeled Mary to the car, he spotted that agent, who was writing the ticket. The NYPD maintains that the agent didn't see Eugene or his wife. And once the ticket has been written, it cannot be torn up by the agent.

Eugene says he asked her to reconsider, but it was to no avail.

"She said, 'I can't do nothing about it,'" he said. "Nasty."

Councilman Vincent Gentile is now involved, working to get the ticket thrown out and a refund for the couple, who have now been married for 51 years. He is also calling for a change in the way traffic agents deal with the public.

"These are not automatons out on the street," he said. "These are people who are in enforcement. We want them to enforce the traffic rules, but want them to do it with some judgement."

It's something Eugene and Mary are also hoping for.

"[They] have to do their jobs, and I just hope they're more considerate," Eugene said.