Firefighter Caught On Camera Parked Illegally While Shopping

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(Memphis) Some are concerned about government workers abusing their authority, like firefighters and postal workers parking in no parking zones and handicapped spots.

A Memphis firefighter is in trouble for what he was captured doing on camera.

A picture of a Memphis firefighter doing some shopping is not so shocking, but it’s where his car was parked Tuesday outside Costco that outraged a fellow shopper.

The man who snapped the pics wrote WREG saying, “I was there for approximately 40 minutes...the entire time that I was in the store, there was a Memphis Fire Department SUV parked in a no parking zone.”

A Costco manager confirms there was no emergency that day and workers did notice the illegally parked car, partially blocking traffic, as a firefighter casually shopped for dog food.

Armani Moncreif, an Olive Branch resident, parked in a legal space for his trip to Costco Wednesday.

“A few times I have seen police cars, ambulances and fire fighters parking in handicapped spots just because of their title,” he said.

WREG also got an email from a viewer Tuesday who spotted a U.S. postal worker parked in a handicapped spot off Kirby Parkway.

A USPS spokesperson responded, saying, “Postal policy clearly states to park in designated spaces and obey all laws. The matter is being addressed with the employee.”

As for the firefighter spotted shopping for dog food while parked in a no parking zone, the Memphis Fire Department says the fire fighter was on his lunch break but has been reprimanded for parking illegally.

“I didn't say anything because of their authority,” said Armani.

Like Armani, many don't stand up to people of power doing something wrong, but the man who snapped the pics of the fire fighter in Costco forward his complaint to the mayor of Memphis.

He wrote “The behavior is an outrageous abuse of power...the firefighter should be reminded he works for the tax payer and is not above the law.”

The Memphis Fire Department says their workers are not allowed to just park in handicapped spots, but if there is an emergency, like a fire, that's different. They use whatever space is available to save lives.


    • Just a Thought

      This should not even be a topic, as long as he is a good fireman and does his job, I dont care were he parked. With so much poverty and crime in Memphis too many are focused on the wrong. Some will do anything to side track from the real issue in the city this is not a real concern for many of us who cant go to the store at night for milk without fearing being robbed, or even worse.

  • Kay

    I don’t care if they shop on duty,off duty, on breaks, etc but
    Park in a space like everyone else, not at the front door, handicap,
    No parking, etc,,, come on, walk a little bit to the store, it won’t hurt you
    It does look bad

  • canadianwhiskeygirl

    They all do it so whats the big deal??!!! I also see very ablebodied kids park in handicapped just because theyr driving.gpa/gmas car and has a handicapped sign hanging from rearview mirrow. Thought this was.the norm here.

  • canadianwhiskeygirl

    And the ones who hold up traffic 10 min just because they want a choice parking place right next to handicapped by the front. THAT i think shoould.warrant a traffic obstruction fine(too).

  • Jane Q Citizen

    Emergency responders need to be available to rush to an emergency at any moment. Having visited Costco, knowing their very large parking lot is often full, parking could be difficult for an emergency responder. Policy states a vehicle has to be facing outward for a quick exit. So finding a particular space that adheres to city policy is now even MORE difficult.

    There’s a reason businesses do not mind emergency vehicles parked in fire lanes when they aren’t on emergency calls… Number one, they are EMERGENCY RESPONDERS, being called out on life threatening emergencies. I guarantee any call this particular vehicle would be dispatched on would be a true emergency. Second, while there isn’t an emergency at the moment a vehicle is parked in the fire lane, it is still a FIRE lane, and they are fire personnel. Should an emergency actually arise, they’re already there.

    Imagine your house is on fire and your family is trapped… Imagine you’re pinned in a vehicle upside down after a major crash…imagine you’re having a heart attack… Now how close do you want this responder parked to the door so he/she can get to you faster? Do minutes matter? Absolutely.

    Or consider you’re in Costco and suddenly have a stroke… How long do you want the person who is trained and educated to handle an emergency, even if it’s only basic first aid, to spend going to get supplies he may have in his vehicle? Are you going to worry about a responder “abusing his power”? Or do you want him in and out and back at your side saving your life? The same people complaining about this are the same ones that scream about how long it took for them to get to their emergency, but probably don’t have the sense to PULL TO THE RIGHT AND STOP for emergency vehicles.

    Worry more about those abusing handicap spaces…how many reading this will use someone else’s tag so they don’t have to walk, taking the space from someone who needs it. This fire department vehicle wasn’t taking a space from anyone. If he’s in the fire lane, he’s in the space designated for him, regardless what he’s doing.

    Wake up, Memphis. Use that round thing on the top of your shoulders for something other than flapping your gums, complaining about stuff that doesn’t affect anything except your jealousy.

    • YouKnowI'mRight

      Unfortunately, Memphians are not the brightest people in Tennessee. Asking them to employ some logic and think a matter through is way over their heads. For most, their lives are nothing more than interminable cycles of eating, defec@ting, and sleeping.

    • blahblabh

      40 minutes and bought dog food. Lazy Lazy Lazy. Why was he in a city truck on his lunch break?

      • John Murley

        In response to “Wake Up”…..what does the item he was purchasing have to do with anything? See my comment below and reply intelligently to that if you can. Thanks.

  • Been there done that

    Costco is one racist store their employees walk around with their noses in the air they will paint an ugly picture of anybody coming in the store, working there etc… Period point blank their employees are unhappy with their jobs and management is terrible. Snapping a picture of a man minding his own business is a violation of that mans privacy . While he was on lunch break . Really this is nonsense. Take it from someone who used to be inside of the Costco S*** world !!!!!!!!

  • Johnissmokinonkingwillieswillie

    My mistake, I see they where at Costco. Probably getting supplies for their Fire Station. I say it’s ok because they would have to hurry out.

  • John Murley

    Way to really spin that story!! I heard you mention the fireman parked in a “NO PARKING” zone, but I didn’t hear you say it was a “FIRE LANE”. If I missed it sorry.
    What is the big deal? Fire dept vehicle in a Fire Lane?? So are you worried if there is an emergency, the fire dept vehicle will be in the way? That lane is designated for Fire Dept vehicles is it not?

    I agree that parking in a Handicapped space is unacceptable, but quit trying to make the fire dept look bad for no reason!!
    Get a life!!

  • murleyj

    What is the bigger infraction anyway? Postal worker in a handicapped lane or a fire dept vehicle in a Fire Lane? So why doesn’t the headline read “US Postal worker caught parking in a handicapped spot”?

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