WHEN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, MAYOR MIKE McGINN traveled to a P.R. event downtown Tuesday, parking was a little sparse for the mayoral SUV. But fortunately, the citizens all thoughtfully left the space in front of a fire hydrant clear for hizzoner. Whereupon, his driver, a plain-clothes police officer, pulled in and parked just far enough forward that the car door wouldn’t bang into the hydrant.
A news team from KIRO-TV was passing on their way to the presser and captured a video of the reserved parking space. When they called city hall for an explanation, they were referred to the police department. A spokesman for the SPD replied that while Mayor McGinn spoke to reporters at a podium further up the street, the driver could still see the SUV in case it needed to be moved. Seattle police do not think this was a matter of public safety, but one of public perception.
So keep that in mind whenever you’re visiting Seattle. Parking in front of the hydrant is allowed as long as you can still see the car from wherever you are. Unless you are one of the “little people.”
Read the story on KIRO-TV’s webpage HERE.