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City worker parks in handicapped spot; Sky Harbor to take 'appropriate action'

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We all know the rules -- if you are not disabled in some way, you don't get to park in a handicapped parking spot.

But what happens when someone who is supposed to be enforcing that rule ends up breaking it himself?

That's the question being asked at Sky Harbor Airport.

The person who took this picture says the city worker parked there on Friday around 11:30 a.m. in that handicapped spot and walked over to tell a food truck driver they were parked illegally.

She says he had plenty of other spots to chose from and thinks he should be ticketed for breaking the law.

If every picture tells a story, this story might be called "What was he thinking?"

A city of Phoenix Aviation Department employee parked in a clearly marked handicapped spot in the cell phone waiting lot at the airport.

A FOX 10 viewer watched it all happen.

"And he pulled into the first handicapped and parked and got out of his truck and walked over to a food vendor truck that had pulled in about 15 minutes before that," said a woman who did not want to be identified.

The city of Phoenix says these handicapped spots are purposely located on the ends of the cell phone waiting lots so disabled people can get into and out of their cars easily when the lot is full.

The woman who sent the picture says there were plenty of open spots at the time.

"Why are you parking there?  Just because you have a city of Phoenix truck? That's what I was thinking," she said.

Sky Harbor sent FOX 10 a statement:

"We are looking into this and will take appropriate action. The ADA spaces in the Cell Phone Lots are available so that people with disabilities have room to exit their vehicles if they need to do so. It is unacceptable for anyone without a disability plate or placard to park in a space reserved for people with disabilities."

And it's not exactly the place to try and break the rules.

"Obviously it's a cell phone lot.  Everybody's got a cell phone with a camera right there," she said.

There is a number on the side of that Aviation Department truck, so it's likely they will be able to track down the employee who parked in that spot.

But it's not clear what - if any - punishment he may be facing.

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