Park Place Spotted on the 600 block of H Street NW last Monday: Two D.C. parking enforcement vehicles, parked underneath a “No Standing, 4-7:30 p.m.” sign. The time? 6:15 p.m. Moments later, two uniformed ticket writers emerge from a nearby Chinese restaurant with takeout orders in hand. The officers dine inside the car with license plate GT-9822, leaving GT-9824 also illegally parked and empty. “We are allowed to park our vehicles anywhere we want, even on our breaks,” explains an Office of Parking Enforcement representative who identifies herself simply as Betty. “We are just like the police.” Keystone Cops, perhaps: Department of Public Works spokesperson Linda Grant says that police and fire department vehicles may occupy illegal spots during emergencies, but otherwise all government vehicles must obey all parking regulations except meter-feeding and time limits. “It looks like we are going to have to do some education of our own employees,” says Grant.

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