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Friday, September 25, 2009

Gotcha: Shutterbug Catches San Francisco Cop Parking Patrol Car in Bus Zone While He Orders His Delicious Lunch

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 6:30 AM

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Face it, police officers can do things we can't. They can drive at breakneck speed throughout the city, shine flashlights in people's eyes, and shout into CB radios without appearing self-conscious. They are not entitled, however, to ditch the car in a bus zone while chowing down.

That, however, is exactly what an officer was caught doing by a friend of The Snitch who e-mailed us the above photo (that's a $250 fine for members of the general public). When queried if this is something the San Francisco Police Department has a position on, spokeswoman Sgt. Lyn Tomioka noted "We don't condone it." Officers "are trained. They are expected to know better." When she asked how SF Weekly knew this wasn't an emergency matter the officer was dealing with, we informed her that our photographer noticed the policeman inside Pete's Bar-B-Q ordering his lunch. In his defense, however, we are told that restaurant is excellent

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The ID number of this car is not visible -- and if you can read that license plate you're Superman. Tomioka, however, figured a car cruising near Pete's in the Mission would likely hail from a nearby station -- and surmised a call to the station captain to remind officers about parking etiquette was in order.

"Justice is served!" shouted our photographer. So, it would seem, is some chicken.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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