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(photo credit: Courtesy)
A picture of a police cruiser parked in a handicapped spot and the subsequent
police explanation became a mini-viral sensation when the owner of the parking
spot posted the photo on the Israel Police Facebook page on Tuesday.
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the picture, Amir Pinto, whose left leg is amputated above the knee, can be seen
leaning on the side of a police cruiser outside the offices of Haaretz newspaper
where he works.
In the picture, a sign can clearly be seen next to the
space specifying that it is for Pinto’s car.
By 7 p.m., the photo had
been “shared” on Facebook by 1,791 users and the police had issued a response
that was met with ridicule by Facebook users.
According to the operator
of the police’s Facebook page, the vehicle in question had recently been taken
in for repairs and the mechanic had parked the car in Pinto’s spot without
In a subsequent response to The Jerusalem Post
disputes the explanation, saying that he waited until the police officer
returned, and when he did he “drove off without apologizing.”
to Pinto, it’s a common occurrence for him to find a car parked in his reserved
space when arriving at work.
“If I had 10 shekels for every car that was
parked in my spot, and received a fine, I would have a second salary, or I might
not even have to work,” Pinto said in a post below the picture.
understand why I’m late every day to work, because I have to argue and wait for
people to come tow the jerk [parked in his spot],” he added.