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.