In a Pickle, Chicago Orders Wienermobile to Go

Giant hot dog gets a $50 parking ticket
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 10, 2007 10:39 AM CDT
In this photo released by Kraft Foods, spectators watch an aerobatic performance while gathering around the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile at McConnell Air Force Base, Saturday, July 14 in Wichita, Kan., during...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The 27-foot-long fiberglass hot dog's hazard lights were flashing, but Chicago's finest weren't fooled. The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile was slapped with a $50 ticket and narrowly avoided getting towed from the heart of downtown Chicago yesterday after dawdling illegally on a six-lane street. "You can't just park here," the ticket-writing officer said frankly.

The two-person crew ducked into a nearby building to visit a former co-worker and returned to find a ticket on the rear-view mirror and a cop awaiting the arrival of an outsize tow truck. They protested they had no idea they couldn't park giant fake food right on the Magnificent Mile, but the officer deemed the excuse B-O-L-O-G-N-A.