Reported by ABC News’ Gemma Perlin
LONDON — Hillary Clinton, in London last Friday to pick up a prize “in recognition of her significant and impressive contribution to international diplomacy,” was busted by a London traffic cop for an illegally parked Mercedes.
Despite the raised voices of Clinton’s bodyguards, the parking police remained unfazed and would not retract the ticket, reported the Daily Telegraph.
Daniel Astaire, a councillor for the borough that Clinton parked in, told ABC News that Clinton would receive no special treatment. “The former U.S. secretary of state was parked for nearly 45 minutes without paying. I’m sure she will understand that we have to be fair to everyone, regardless of their status on the world stage.”
Clinton was fined $128, but if she pays the ticket within 14 days, it will be knocked down to $64. The American Embassy in London, which owes $12.5 million in its own parking fines, according to figures from Foreign Secretary William Hague, would not comment on Clinton’s parking ticket, explaining that she was now a private citizen.
“Hillary will know as a former diplomat, one must get all their facts together, look for evidence, make an appeal quickly and perceive,” Barrie Segal, a U.K. parking ticket expert, told ABC News. ”If that fails, I am happy to give her mobile number and chat about it.”