When a police chief was called out for parking his SUV on a sidewalk, he made sure to practice what he preaches.
Melvin Tennyson, the chief of Groveland Police Department in central Florida, issued himself his own $45 ticket — which he then immediately paid.
“I paid my fine like anyone else would,” he told Fox 35. “I can’t realistically and in good conscience hold anybody, a citizen or especially my own workforce, accountable if I don’t hold myself accountable. It starts at the top.”
Local citizen David Bires was passing City Hall in Groveland, 30 miles west of Orlando, on Tuesday when he spotted Tennyson’s SUV on the sidewalk, according to Inside Edition.
He took photographs and posted them to Facebook:
“Groveland police department is handing out tickets to people who park their vehicles in their own driveway if they block the sidewalk,” Bires wrote, adding, “But when the chief of police block sidewalks it’s OK?”