Maldon dad's video of confrontation with traffic wardens spreads worldwide

Chelmsford Weekly News: The parked cars near Broomfield Hospital The parked cars near Broomfield Hospital

A dad who filmed his confrontation with a parking warden who was ticketing cars said his video has spread worldwide.

Chrisy Morris from Maldon took the five minute mobile phone footage outside Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, and posted it on Facebook.

Two parking wardens were ticketing three vehicles on a verge in Hospital Approach last Wednesday.

Double yellow lines ran alongside the verge, although the cars - none of which belonged to Mr Morris - were not parked on the lines.

Chelmsford City Council said the warden was right to ticket the cars.

A spokesman said: “A parking restriction will be valid from the centre of the highway and will also include the footways and grass verges provided they are also public highway.”

 

We have taken this video down at the request of Chelmsford City Council.

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4:26pm Wed 29 Jan 14

e5mitch says...

Is it really in the public interest & ethical ticketing cars parked out the way while their owners visit sick people in hospital?!!
Is it really in the public interest & ethical ticketing cars parked out the way while their owners visit sick people in hospital?!! e5mitch

4:27pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Regbluebottle says...

Well done that man!

I notice that the parking meter lady's colleague wasn't exactly leaping like a salmon to intervene, probably because he knew that her behaviour was out of order.
Well done that man! I notice that the parking meter lady's colleague wasn't exactly leaping like a salmon to intervene, probably because he knew that her behaviour was out of order. Regbluebottle

7:37pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Cllr Dave Harris says...

Looks like the cars dumped on the verge were spoiling the grass verge as well,,, for some reason the chap didn't spot that damage - Hope he reported it to the police
Looks like the cars dumped on the verge were spoiling the grass verge as well,,, for some reason the chap didn't spot that damage - Hope he reported it to the police Cllr Dave Harris

9:46pm Wed 29 Jan 14

superstix says...

Power hungry? Re-evaluate her life?

I don't understand why these people always have to get personal, the enforcement team have nothing personal against him..

Why is he even trying to get involved anyway?
Power hungry? Re-evaluate her life? I don't understand why these people always have to get personal, the enforcement team have nothing personal against him.. Why is he even trying to get involved anyway? superstix

10:02pm Wed 29 Jan 14

essex_al says...

As a rule, I'm not one to defend parking wardens. I've personally had several, incorrectly issued tickets overturned. In the past I've witnessed wardens parked illegally in bus stops, waiting to pounce on delivery drivers who have no alternative place to park for two minutes, whilst they drop off a parcel. I've also seen many wardens and other council staff park illegally and dangerously, all over the city whilst they go to get lunch, go shopping, or have a cigarette.

However, from my knowledge of this road and parking regulations, it would appear, based on what can be seen in the video, that the warden was perfectly correct to issue the tickets.

The man who took the video is within his rights to ask the warden questions, which she attempted to answer, but he was rude, ignorant and absolutely bang out of order to resort to personal insults towards the warden, who, at the end of the day is merely doing her job. The cars had clearly damaged the grass verge and it is likely that, in the long term, vehicles will damage the kerbs by driving over them.

Whilst I have sympathy for anybody getting a ticket, there are several roads, only a few yards away, where it is possible to park for free, something the warden did try to explain.
As a rule, I'm not one to defend parking wardens. I've personally had several, incorrectly issued tickets overturned. In the past I've witnessed wardens parked illegally in bus stops, waiting to pounce on delivery drivers who have no alternative place to park for two minutes, whilst they drop off a parcel. I've also seen many wardens and other council staff park illegally and dangerously, all over the city whilst they go to get lunch, go shopping, or have a cigarette. However, from my knowledge of this road and parking regulations, it would appear, based on what can be seen in the video, that the warden was perfectly correct to issue the tickets. The man who took the video is within his rights to ask the warden questions, which she attempted to answer, but he was rude, ignorant and absolutely bang out of order to resort to personal insults towards the warden, who, at the end of the day is merely doing her job. The cars had clearly damaged the grass verge and it is likely that, in the long term, vehicles will damage the kerbs by driving over them. Whilst I have sympathy for anybody getting a ticket, there are several roads, only a few yards away, where it is possible to park for free, something the warden did try to explain. essex_al

10:03pm Wed 29 Jan 14

specialman says...

I wouldn't have known you couldn't park there. That's harsh, wlel done Chrisy Morris. Love Cllr Daves response... guessing you enforce these rules, I am sure the grass will grow back!!!
I wouldn't have known you couldn't park there. That's harsh, wlel done Chrisy Morris. Love Cllr Daves response... guessing you enforce these rules, I am sure the grass will grow back!!! specialman

10:53pm Wed 29 Jan 14

essex_al says...

specialman wrote:
I wouldn't have known you couldn't park there. That's harsh, wlel done Chrisy Morris. Love Cllr Daves response... guessing you enforce these rules, I am sure the grass will grow back!!!
All yellow lines must have a sign near them providing details of the restrictions in force, such as times of operation etc.

There are signs, in Hospital Approach, close to where the cars were parked, on the same side of the road, adjacent to the double yellow lines, showing a red and blue circle, indicating no parking, accompanied by the words 'at any time on verge or footway'.

Ignorance of the law is no defence!
[quote][p][bold]specialman[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't have known you couldn't park there. That's harsh, wlel done Chrisy Morris. Love Cllr Daves response... guessing you enforce these rules, I am sure the grass will grow back!!![/p][/quote]All yellow lines must have a sign near them providing details of the restrictions in force, such as times of operation etc. There are signs, in Hospital Approach, close to where the cars were parked, on the same side of the road, adjacent to the double yellow lines, showing a red and blue circle, indicating no parking, accompanied by the words 'at any time on verge or footway'. Ignorance of the law is no defence! essex_al

11:20pm Wed 29 Jan 14

travis1579 says...

Think as a newspaper you have a lot to answer for here, you have given someone a platform and shared a video where he has harassed the enforcement officer, probably causing her a degree of distress. Is this news at all?
As for should they be ticketed they are illegally parked, causing damage and a probably a nuisance when they pull out into the road from a grass verge.

I think the enforcement officer deserves recognition for remaining civil to this man.

I still feel as a newspaper you have glorified what this male has done, is this report in the public interest I would have to disagree.

No news would be better than encouraging this type of behaviour where someone's is just trying to do their job
Think as a newspaper you have a lot to answer for here, you have given someone a platform and shared a video where he has harassed the enforcement officer, probably causing her a degree of distress. Is this news at all? As for should they be ticketed they are illegally parked, causing damage and a probably a nuisance when they pull out into the road from a grass verge. I think the enforcement officer deserves recognition for remaining civil to this man. I still feel as a newspaper you have glorified what this male has done, is this report in the public interest I would have to disagree. No news would be better than encouraging this type of behaviour where someone's is just trying to do their job travis1579

5:57am Thu 30 Jan 14

Bumble-One says...

Hmmmm that reminds me to pay my parking ticket from parking in the quiet streets of Coggershall, dammit so wish i had seen that parking restriction sign in the pouring rain before rushing across the street to the best sweet shop ever.
Hmmmm that reminds me to pay my parking ticket from parking in the quiet streets of Coggershall, dammit so wish i had seen that parking restriction sign in the pouring rain before rushing across the street to the best sweet shop ever. Bumble-One

2:13pm Thu 30 Jan 14

e5mitch says...

'Just doing their job' travis1579?
I'm sure that's what a certain group of guards used to say about what they did during a certain war!!
'Just doing their job' travis1579? I'm sure that's what a certain group of guards used to say about what they did during a certain war!! e5mitch

7:11pm Thu 30 Jan 14

travis1579 says...

e5mitch wrote:
'Just doing their job' travis1579?
I'm sure that's what a certain group of guards used to say about what they did during a certain war!!
But they are not at war, and this person was not doing anything unlawful so really don't see what you point is?
[quote][p][bold]e5mitch[/bold] wrote: 'Just doing their job' travis1579? I'm sure that's what a certain group of guards used to say about what they did during a certain war!![/p][/quote]But they are not at war, and this person was not doing anything unlawful so really don't see what you point is? travis1579

2:54pm Fri 31 Jan 14

e5mitch says...

travis1579 wrote:
e5mitch wrote:
'Just doing their job' travis1579?
I'm sure that's what a certain group of guards used to say about what they did during a certain war!!
But they are not at war, and this person was not doing anything unlawful so really don't see what you point is?
Something might be lawful, but that doesn't mean it's ethical.
& do you really think parking to visit a sick person is more anti social than littering?!!
[quote][p][bold]travis1579[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]e5mitch[/bold] wrote: 'Just doing their job' travis1579? I'm sure that's what a certain group of guards used to say about what they did during a certain war!![/p][/quote]But they are not at war, and this person was not doing anything unlawful so really don't see what you point is?[/p][/quote]Something might be lawful, but that doesn't mean it's ethical. & do you really think parking to visit a sick person is more anti social than littering?!! e5mitch

6:14pm Sun 2 Feb 14

travis1579 says...

e5mitch wrote:
travis1579 wrote:
e5mitch wrote:
'Just doing their job' travis1579?
I'm sure that's what a certain group of guards used to say about what they did during a certain war!!
But they are not at war, and this person was not doing anything unlawful so really don't see what you point is?
Something might be lawful, but that doesn't mean it's ethical.
& do you really think parking to visit a sick person is more anti social than littering?!!
What's more anti social????? The bloke sticking a camera in the enforcement officers face and abusing her.
[quote][p][bold]e5mitch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]travis1579[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]e5mitch[/bold] wrote: 'Just doing their job' travis1579? I'm sure that's what a certain group of guards used to say about what they did during a certain war!![/p][/quote]But they are not at war, and this person was not doing anything unlawful so really don't see what you point is?[/p][/quote]Something might be lawful, but that doesn't mean it's ethical. & do you really think parking to visit a sick person is more anti social than littering?!![/p][/quote]What's more anti social????? The bloke sticking a camera in the enforcement officers face and abusing her. travis1579

7:09pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Regbluebottle says...

travis1579 wrote:
e5mitch wrote:
travis1579 wrote:
e5mitch wrote:
'Just doing their job' travis1579?
I'm sure that's what a certain group of guards used to say about what they did during a certain war!!
But they are not at war, and this person was not doing anything unlawful so really don't see what you point is?
Something might be lawful, but that doesn't mean it's ethical.
& do you really think parking to visit a sick person is more anti social than littering?!!
What's more anti social????? The bloke sticking a camera in the enforcement officers face and abusing her.
'Sticking a camera in her face'?

She didn't know she was being filmed.....she's not clever mate, she's 'jobsworth low IQ fodder'.
[quote][p][bold]travis1579[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]e5mitch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]travis1579[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]e5mitch[/bold] wrote: 'Just doing their job' travis1579? I'm sure that's what a certain group of guards used to say about what they did during a certain war!![/p][/quote]But they are not at war, and this person was not doing anything unlawful so really don't see what you point is?[/p][/quote]Something might be lawful, but that doesn't mean it's ethical. & do you really think parking to visit a sick person is more anti social than littering?!![/p][/quote]What's more anti social????? The bloke sticking a camera in the enforcement officers face and abusing her.[/p][/quote]'Sticking a camera in her face'? She didn't know she was being filmed.....she's not clever mate, she's 'jobsworth low IQ fodder'. Regbluebottle

7:11pm Sun 2 Feb 14

Regbluebottle says...

travis1579 wrote:
e5mitch wrote:
travis1579 wrote:
e5mitch wrote:
'Just doing their job' travis1579?
I'm sure that's what a certain group of guards used to say about what they did during a certain war!!
But they are not at war, and this person was not doing anything unlawful so really don't see what you point is?
Something might be lawful, but that doesn't mean it's ethical.
& do you really think parking to visit a sick person is more anti social than littering?!!
What's more anti social????? The bloke sticking a camera in the enforcement officers face and abusing her.
'Sticking a camera in her face'?

She didn't realise she was being filmed, she's not that clever mate, otherwise she wouldn't be doing that 'cannon fodder low IQ' typel job.

She's scum.
[quote][p][bold]travis1579[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]e5mitch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]travis1579[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]e5mitch[/bold] wrote: 'Just doing their job' travis1579? I'm sure that's what a certain group of guards used to say about what they did during a certain war!![/p][/quote]But they are not at war, and this person was not doing anything unlawful so really don't see what you point is?[/p][/quote]Something might be lawful, but that doesn't mean it's ethical. & do you really think parking to visit a sick person is more anti social than littering?!![/p][/quote]What's more anti social????? The bloke sticking a camera in the enforcement officers face and abusing her.[/p][/quote]'Sticking a camera in her face'? She didn't realise she was being filmed, she's not that clever mate, otherwise she wouldn't be doing that 'cannon fodder low IQ' typel job. She's scum. Regbluebottle

9:34pm Sun 2 Feb 14

essex_al says...

Regbluebottle wrote:
travis1579 wrote:
e5mitch wrote:
travis1579 wrote:
e5mitch wrote:
'Just doing their job' travis1579?
I'm sure that's what a certain group of guards used to say about what they did during a certain war!!
But they are not at war, and this person was not doing anything unlawful so really don't see what you point is?
Something might be lawful, but that doesn't mean it's ethical.
& do you really think parking to visit a sick person is more anti social than littering?!!
What's more anti social????? The bloke sticking a camera in the enforcement officers face and abusing her.
'Sticking a camera in her face'?

She didn't realise she was being filmed, she's not that clever mate, otherwise she wouldn't be doing that 'cannon fodder low IQ' typel job.

She's scum.
Regardless of whether or not people agree or disagree morally with the warden issuing a ticket, she was acting legally.

Any employee carrying out a legal activity as part of his or her job has a right not to be subjected to personal abuse, whether that be by members of the public or contributors to this website.

Some of the comments that have been made on here are totally unacceptable.
[quote][p][bold]Regbluebottle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]travis1579[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]e5mitch[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]travis1579[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]e5mitch[/bold] wrote: 'Just doing their job' travis1579? I'm sure that's what a certain group of guards used to say about what they did during a certain war!![/p][/quote]But they are not at war, and this person was not doing anything unlawful so really don't see what you point is?[/p][/quote]Something might be lawful, but that doesn't mean it's ethical. & do you really think parking to visit a sick person is more anti social than littering?!![/p][/quote]What's more anti social????? The bloke sticking a camera in the enforcement officers face and abusing her.[/p][/quote]'Sticking a camera in her face'? She didn't realise she was being filmed, she's not that clever mate, otherwise she wouldn't be doing that 'cannon fodder low IQ' typel job. She's scum.[/p][/quote]Regardless of whether or not people agree or disagree morally with the warden issuing a ticket, she was acting legally. Any employee carrying out a legal activity as part of his or her job has a right not to be subjected to personal abuse, whether that be by members of the public or contributors to this website. Some of the comments that have been made on here are totally unacceptable. essex_al

5:39pm Mon 3 Feb 14

e5mitch says...

'We have taken this video down at the request of Chelmsford City Council'.


They must have something to hide!!
That's what they say if anybody objects to the council filming the public!!
'We have taken this video down at the request of Chelmsford City Council'. They must have something to hide!! That's what they say if anybody objects to the council filming the public!! e5mitch

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