NC man fights ticket for parking in mayor’s spot


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WILMINGTON, N.C. — A Wilmington man is fighting a $20 ticket he got for parking in a spot reserved for the mayor.

Matt Werner told the StarNews of Wilmington he knew he was parking in the mayor’s spot outside City Hall on Dec. 3, but it was after business hours.

Werner said he is appealing the ticket because the parking spot was not clearly marked as being reserved 24 hours a day.

It was the same day as Wilmington’s mayor was being sworn in for another term. On another night, Werner may have escaped a ticket, but the council happened to be meeting that Tuesday.

A staff member told a police officer someone was in the mayor’s spot and the officer wrote the ticket, according to the paper.

Werner said he parked in the mayor’s space to attend a movie with friends. Wilmington’s City Hall shares the same building as a public theater.

Mayor Bill Saffo said he parked somewhere else and wasn’t upset. He said complaining about his parking spot being taken isn’t his style.

“I’ve gotten parking tickets before – they’re not fun,” Saffo said, according to the paper. “I can feel his pain.”

Read more: The StarNews of Wilmington

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