Detroit pizzeria owner paints street to help save people dough on parking tickets
A Detroit pizza owner who was annoyed about people being given $ 150 tickets to accidentally park in a disabled area grabbed a bucket of blue paint and marked the street himself.
“People come to Detroit trying to support our city and go away with a $ 150 ticket and they feel betrayed and kind of lured into it,” said Tony Sacco, co-owner of Mootz Pizzeria and Bar.
The last straw: a woman and her children who are getting ice cream found a ticket on their car across from Sacco’s pizzeria.
“I spoke to my buddy who was sitting with me and said, ‘We’re going to buy blue paint.’ And we did it, “Sacco told WDIV-TV.
There is a single sign on the curb on Library Street indicating that parking is reserved for drivers with a handicap tag. But Sacco said it was confusing because park officials reserve the street space for up to four vehicles. He wants the drivers to be warned.
“I mentioned it to the people who wrote the tickets. I said, ‘People don’t understand this is disabled’ and they said, ‘This is their problem. You should read the sign,'” Sacco said. “That was the attitude.”
The television coverage and the blue color caught the city’s attention on Wednesday. Traffic engineer Prasad Nannapaneni told Sacco that more signs will be installed to alert drivers, but the blue paint will be removed or obscured.
“I did the right thing,” Sacco said, standing next to the pale sidewalk.
“I’m not sure of this part,” replied the engineer.