A FOX 29 Viewer stumbled across quite the sight in the Cobbs Creek section of Philadelphia. Viewer Devon Cade submitted a number of photos showing a Philadelphia School Bus sporting some extra accessories. Those accessories included a parking boot and a ticket from the Philadelphia Parking Authority.
Well, the ticket and note on the windshield, time-stamped at 11:11 am Thursday, along with our investigation, provided part of the answer. The answer is: failure to pay outstanding tickets; failure to pay three or more outstanding tickets, earns you the boot. By mid-afternoon, a Parking Authority agent was on the scene to unboot the bus, once the district made good on what had to be a several hundred dollar tab.
School district spokesman Fernando Gallard explained the non-payment by noting the bus was registered to a district depot no longer in use.By late afternoon, district mechanics were on the scene to remove that embarrassment.
But what kind of tickets had the bus and its driver racked up? The PPA can't tell us, and Gallard said he doesn't yet know. But he does know the only violations the PPA handles are standard parking no-nos and red light tickets.
District spokesman Gallard promises to find out the exact nature of those several tickets and get back to FOX 29 on Friday. Gallard says that bus had no connection to the summer camp at Huey Elementary, and had no reason for being there Thursday morning.