A Few Minutes of Parking Permit Abuse With Andy Rooney

 
60 Minutes curmudgeon Andy Rooney is grumpy about a lot of things but using an expired press placard to park an S.U.V. in front of a fire hydrant doesn’t seem to be one of them. It looks like Gawker scooped Uncivil Servants on this one:

Over the weekend, a correspondent came across a white BMW S.U.V. It was parked just off West End, around the corner from Zabar’s, about four feet from a fire hydrant. Its user, 88-year-old Andy Rooney, was wearing a white short-sleeve shirt and tan pants with white sneakers. According to our spy, his belt was right under his armpits and his eyebrows needed trimming. Also? His press card, taped to the windshield, the presence of which presumably made him feel he could hydrant-park, was long-expired. (Shouldn’t he have his press vehicle card on the car-isn’t this his working press card, and doesn’t it say "Not for parking purposes" on the back?) Good for you, grumpy old maybe-racist column man! In any event, you’ll all be pleased to know his registration doesn’t expire until 2009 and his emissions is good through ’08. You may be alarmed to know he’s on the road in a large car though.

  • Alex Marshall

    As someone who has been a working reporter, I’m apalled and offended that Andy Rooney would game the system like that. Passes like that are meant for reporters covering fires and the like, not for commentators who sit in their chairs and speak to cameras, even if they are 88 years old and might not like walking far.

    In fairness to Mr. Rooney, I remember when he spoke to our class at Columbia Journalism School in 1988, after being introduced by the late Fred Friendly, former head of CBS News. Friendly described how Rooney crawled through the mud under fire during battles during World War II, hauling his portable manual typewriter the whole time. I had new respect for the man, who was old even then.

    But that still doesn’t excuse parking today outside a fire hydrant.

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