Resident to fight ticket for fake hydrant
Bev Patterson outside of her house in Portage la Prairie with a fire hydrant ornament. Patterson was issued a ticket by police for parking in front of the ornament on Saturday morning. (Jordan Maxwell/Portage Daily Graphic/QMI Agency)
A Portage la Prairie resident will be in court soon to fight a parking ticket issued to her for parking in front of what appeared to be a fire hydrant.
However, the little red fire hydrant is just an ornament, said Bev Patterson, and the local resident is upset about having to go to court to get the ticket dropped.
"I've been parking here since June," she said. "It's been parked there for a while now so this is ridiculous and total stupidity. It's not the City's property, that's my ornament. It's not yellow."
"I think it's silly that I have to go to court to squash this. I have my laptop with me to show them."
Patterson said that she went to City Hall but then was told to go to the provincial building, where she set a court date.
"I shouldn't have to go to court for this," she said.
Patterson was issued a ticket for $25 in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday before she got up to go to work.
"It's a waste of paper, time and I want it gone. I want to make a point here. Am I not allowed to have my fire hydrant on my front lawn? It's mine. It belongs to me. As long as don't have it painted yellow, then it should be allowed to sit there. (An official) told me it has to be two to three feet away from the curb and it's more than three feet away.
Line Karpish, media liaison with the RCMP, said that while police officers often try their very best, mistakes do happen.
"A lot of them are red, let's face it," she said. "If any members have concerns about tickets, they can certainly argue the matter in court or if it is something that they wish to discuss with the commander, you can do so."
"If there's a fire hydrant and it looks like one near the road - and it's around 4 a.m. - the officer may have mistaken it for a genuine one. We're human and based on that, an error may have been made."
Patterson is expected to be in court in December if the issue is not resolved prior to that.