Police chief issues himself a ticket after citizen calls him out on parking violation

Posted at 7:15 PM, May 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-15 19:20:33-04

GROVELAND, Fla. — A police chief gave himself a parking ticket after a citizen noticed he was violating a parking rule in Groveland, Fla. last Wednesday.

On Tuesday, a man named David Bires posted pictures of a black police car parked on the sidewalk with the caption:

“Groveland police department is handing out tickets to people who park their vehicles in there own driveway if they block the sidewalk, $40.00 tickets are issued, but when the chief of police block sidewalks it’s OK? Share this post.”

The post was shared more than 500 times and people commented agreeing with Bires.

After the photos made its rounds on the Internet, Groveland Police Department responded to the incident a day later.

“In response to a previous social media post about the Chief of Police parking on a sidewalk let it be known he was made aware of the violation and he issued himself a parking ticket,” the police department wrote on Facebook.

“Chief Tennyson has since paid for the violation. Attached is a copy of the receipt and the Chiefs response and email to the City Manager and City Council.”

The police chief was fined $45 for the violation.