Regardless of her political connections these days, it is being reported on Tuesday by Yahoo! News that former First Lady and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has received a parking ticket in London. According to the London parking enforcement officer, illegal parking is illegal parking, and Clinton’s silver Mercedes Benz was given a parking ticket which equals $127 in United States money.
Ironically, as Clinton was in London to receive an honor for her diplomatic work, her security members tried vehemently to get excused from the parking violation. However, the “traffic warden” was determined to not let the violation go un-ticketed.
Those in charge of the Clinton vehicle while she was inside Chatham House last Friday being honored only had to buy a legal parking pass for approximately $5.27 in United States money, but they chose not to do so, apparently.
The report asserts that the ticket was given during the 45 minutes Clinton and her security were at the location. After an extended, lively conversation between Clinton’s security detail and the person who issued the ticket, the ticket-giver had a calm demeanor accompanied by an expression which suggested he didn’t know who in the heck Hillary Clinton is. In spite of the attempts by security – including one security person waving his arms angrily and showing his badge to the ticket-giver – the ticket was issued.
Local authorities are supporting the man's job performance as the United States tops Britain’s list of parking scofflaws. With this incident, perhaps American visitors will start parking legally – or pay up when they don’t.
London claims there are $112 million (American dollars) of unpaid fines over the last decade, and the United States is responsible for $12 million of that total.