Report: Parking officers parked themselves in coffee shops

AP News
Posted: Jul 23, 2015 6:30 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — At least two people who were hired to write parking tickets in New Orleans preferred instead to park in a coffee shop and make phone calls.

One even retaliated against a business that complained by ticketing its employees and customers.

That's the assessment of the city's inspector general, Edouard Quatrevaux, who issued a report Wednesday outlining several problems with parking enforcement in the Big Easy.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office said the city already has been addressing the problems that Quatrevaux spotlighted. A new vendor has been hired to streamline ticket operations with new hand-held equipment, making it possible to monitor the time of day and type of violation for all parking citations while also monitoring officers' routes.