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Philadelphia Officials Apologize For Parking Mistake

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia city officials are apologizing to residents of Fairmount who were told by police Friday night to move their cars so a neighbor would have enough parking for a Christmas party.

Attorney Worrell Nero is the honorary consul general of St. Kitts and Nevis. He invited the country’s ambassador to his Christmas party and contacted the Commerce Department to say he needed parking.

“Clearly this just got out of hand,” said the mayor’s spokesman Mark McDonald.

He says the fault lies in miscommunication between the commerce department, which requested a temporary no parking zone for the area around Nero’s office in the 800 block of N. 26th St., the streets department, which approved it, and the police who went door to door telling neighbors to move, only to find their spaces taken by Nero’s guests.

Residents say the guests’ cars had police department parking placards on them. McDonald says he doesn’t know how they got them and he’s sorry.

“The city apologizes for what happened last Friday in Fairmount,” McDonald said.

Reported by Pat Loeb, KYW Newsradio

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  • rich

    right on A TRAIN

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, and maybe the famous ‘flaming bag-o-poop’ might be a good idea also. I’m just sayin’. LOL

  • JustMe

    I don’t care who’s giving the party or who’s invited to the party, that doesn’t mean they can ask the surrounding residents to move their cars to accommodate the guests. Tax Dollars pay for those parking spaces and if you live on a block, you are entitled to a parking space somewhere on that block, not necessarily in front of your door. This was totally wrong. Worrell Nero’s house should be egged and TPed, in my opinion. LOL

  • RSR

    This happens all the time. It just ended up in the spotlight for once.

  • Anne Frankenstein

    I am glad this is a priority, this will allow the crime and drugs to continue without a disturbance.

  • Eliot Ness

    The cops are being used for this because they’re not very good at the other stuff they’re supposed to do. We need to get them little parking valet jackets to complete the effect.

  • A-Train

    Oh, well, they APOLOGIZED – all well and good. Listen buddy I live in Fairmount and if this happened on my block there would be a riot. I don’t know who Worrell Nero is and I don’t care. And to say that it was a “miscommunication”?? Seems like there was perfect communication from the thugs in City Hall all the way down to the cops. Why are cops being used for this??? There are no other pressing matters in this city?? The TAXPAYING residents of this city don’t want an apology, we want to know how this happened, who is responsible, and that they have been suspended or fired. I also want to know what Mr. Nero’s connection to City Hall is. Who does he know? Does he get work from the city and why? Come on KYW – do some real journalism.

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