This morning I went to Precinct #16 at River Valley Church to vote with The Wife and The Rooster. We were there just after 7 AM when the doors opened and found a couple of people waiting in line to register to vote and a few more who were actively voting. The Wife was done first and waited patiently by the door for my OCD tendencies to complete themselves with my perfectly filled in circles avoiding another Lizard People debacle as people realized I voted not for Mayor Mary or Ryan Moe but for Mickey Mouse instead.
As we were exiting the polling place an Apple Valley Code Enforcement vehicle came tearing into the parking lot from the direction of Pilot Knob Road. I stood dumbfounded, while holding my child behind me, wondering where he was going to end up. After swinging wide he parked kitty-corner 80% of the way into a handicapped parking space in front of the church, got out of the truck, and went inside. At this time there were no lights flashing (there are only yellow ones on top of the vehicle) and no other individual was inside the cab. There were plenty of spaces, including one directly behind and directly adjacent to where he chose to park his truck, which were open and not handicapped accessible only. Shocked I snapped a photo and went on my way shaking my head.
Now, I realize that people are in a rush–heck, we were in a rush this morning as I normally like to be on the 477 headed to Minneapolis well before 7 AM but I took the time to park legally and go about my day like a normal human being. While I probably would not have taken a photo of any other car parked illegally in that space (but would have provided a good head shake at their stupidity while wondering where the cops were), I have to admit that a representative of the City of Apple Valley should be held to a much higher standard.
What do you think about this one? Is there any valid justification for a Code Enforcement Officer with the City of Apple Valley to travel dangerously through a busy parking lot and then park illegally in a handicapped spot–especially with no indication that it was necessary (i.e. lights flashing)? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.