Chicago officer relished ticketing Wienermobile
By Kevin Pang
CHICAGO, Ill. - A massive hot dog clogged Chicago's main artery Thursday morning.
The incident began at 10:57 a.m. in the 400 block of North Michigan Avenue. At least two members of the Wienermobile entourage left the vehicle in the six-lane street with its emergency blinkers on. The vehicle is registered to Kraft Foods under the Wisconsin license plate "WEENR."
Matt Smith of the city's Streets and Sanitation department said the city could handle the job.
"We have access to tow trucks that could have handled a Polish sausage, not just a hot dog," he said.
The officer wrote the ticket and affixed it with considerable relish to its foot-long side mirror. Ed Walsh, a spokesman for the city Department of Revenue, said parking in a "Parking/Standing Prohibited Anytime" zone is a $50 violation.
About 15 minutes later, as curious passersby snapped pictures with their camera phones, the driver and passenger of the vehicle returned before tow trucks could arrive.
The entourage got a good grilling from the officer.
"You can't just park here!" the officer barked.
The passenger, who declined to be identified, said they were visiting a Wienermobile alumnus who worked nearby but was unaware that one could not park a giant sausage in the middle of the city's busiest thoroughfare.
Kraft Foods did not return a call for comment. The hot dog was last seen driving north on Michigan.
Copyright 2007 The Chicago Tribune
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