Good Samaritan Lesley Mair noticed a lifeless woman in the street, ditching her car to help, and then was slapped with a parking ticket.
Lesley Mair, a concerned Scottish do-gooder left her car in a disabled parking bay to help a young woman whom Mair had thought was dead. Mair helped bring the sick lady to a bank to recover until medics arrived, and returned to find a parking warden writing her a parking ticket.
According to the Huffington Post, Lesley Mair had told the local news:
“My only concern was for the lady on the street, I wasn’t looking where I was parking.”
According to The Sun, a shop worker who saw the incident unfold in Portobello said it was unbelievable. Lesley Mair stated:
“But he shrugged and turned his back on me. I’m appalled.”
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, another ticketing company in southern Florida apologized to one woman because the valet called her “fat” right on the ticket.
When Lesley Mair had confronted the warden and explained the situation, he simply shrugged off the good Samaritan. The organization that oversees the city’s parking attendants was reportedly “satisfied” with the warden’s response. Transport convener Lesley Hinds, however, plans to investigate the matter and cancel the ticket if it is proven that Mair had been assisting with a medical emergency.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, parking laws can be very vague at times.
George Echenhofer of Philadelphia was similarly driving to work in the summer of 2011, when he saw a pedestrian get struck by a motorist. He pulled in front of a truck-loading zone, and much like Lesley Mair, helped the victim. A good Samaritan, George directed traffic around the accident scene until professional help arrived. He was then also given a parking ticket.
It was only after George Echenhofer’s case was pled by journalist Ronnie Polaneczky that his ticket was dismissed.
Ronnie Polaneczky wrote in an op-ed piece for the paper:
“Echenhofer deserves an apology from the PPA, along with a pat on the back for being the kind of citizen who will stop to help a person in need. We should reward people like that, not punish them.”
Do you agree that good Samaritans should be exempt from parking tickets?