As sure as I post photos of some of the most ridiculous, self-centered, entitled parking scenes in Westport — like Monday’s jaw-dropping Trader Joe’s spectacle — readers respond with 2 comments:
- Someone should have called the cops!
- You’ve got their license plate right there! Send this photo to the police!
An alert “06880” reader — who asked for anonymity — decided to find out what the cops think of all this.
Deputy chief Vincent J. Penna quickly responded.
He explained that in this case, Trader Joe’s is a private lot. Though the police have some power to enforce motor vehicle laws there — like DUI, reckless operation and evading responsibility — parking enforcement is limited to fire lane and handicap space violations.
“Parking in a private lot is generally enforced by the property owner,” Penna says.
As for sending a photo: Sure, any citizen can provide a sworn statement detailing the infraction to the police. They’ll issue a ticket based on that statement.
However, if the driver pleads not guilty, then the officer — and the citizen — would both be subpoenaed to court.
Oh, yeah: The identity of the person making the complaint — and that person’s address — are public record.
“This tends to deter most people,” Penna notes.
Meanwhile, keep those photos comin’. We may not get any of these very entitled d-bags arrested.
But there’s nothing wrong with a little public shame.