Pictures show meter maid not following parking rules she is paid to enforce

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RICHMOND, Va. -- A Richmond man spotted something he couldn’t resist snapping photos of during lunchtime Friday in downtown Richmond.

“This photo right here is where she is actually double parked in a regular spot and a handicap spot,” Scott Royle said.

The woman, who appears to be a meter maid, parked her car illegally across a space for handicapped people and right in front of a sign that blatantly said “no parking.”

“Does that seem fair?” CBS 6 reporter Melissa Hipolit asked Royle.

“No, it doesn’t,” he responded.

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Royle said he sees the woman daily in the private parking lot next to the new McGuire Woods building and Potbelly Sandwich shop.

In fact, he said she ticketed his company’s construction truck which was located inside a construction barricade.

“They’re walking around charging everybody for the same thing she is doing.  It just don’t make sense,” Royle said.

CBS 6 learned the lot is private and operated by SP+ Parking, so we emailed the pictures to the company. The Executive Director, Michael Wolf, confirmed the woman pictured is an employee of SP+.

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In an email, he wrote the lot is typically full and the employee parked there because the company does not want to take up spaces that a paying customer might need. He added that the employee is out of her car very briefly and can move her car at a moment’s notice if needed by a customer.

Wolf also wrote, “Don't forget as well that this is our private property.”

We showed the response to Royle. Here’s how he interpreted it.

“If they own it they can do what they want,” Royle said.

Wolf also pointed out that none of the photos show their employee parking on any city street or thoroughfare.

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