No luck for NYC Santa in parking ticket fight

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City man who fought a parking ticket
he got while dressed as Santa Claus and giving out toys says the
city's response is more ho-hum than ho-ho.
Chip Cafiero says he learned Friday he'd lost his attempt to
contest the $115 ticket he got in Brooklyn on Nov. 28. The city
Department of Finance, which handles such matters, didn't
immediately return a phone call Sunday seeking comment.
The 60-year-old retired schoolteacher had a sport utility
vehicle double-parked near him while he handed out holiday bounty
from a horse-drawn carriage. The SUV was ticketed.
He said in a letter to the Department of Finance that the SUV
was there to protect the carriage and children from traffic.
Cafiero says the city can take his money, but it won't take away
his Christmas spirit.


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