Nun's parked truck towed while delivering food to homeless

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Posted on March 21, 2014 at 6:40 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 21 at 6:48 AM

Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
Email: jkelley@wwltv.com | Twitter: @jkelleyWWL

NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans is known for its southern hospitality, but not when it comes to parking illegally.

The latest victim was a nun who was slapped with a ticket and had her truck towed.

But get this -- it was while she was delivering food to help feed the homeless.

Every day, the St. Jude Community Center serves breakfast and lunch to the nearly 200 homeless people that line up for a hot meal.

This week, a St. Joseph's Day alter tradition brought in a much-needed food donation.

"Wednesday, St. Joseph's Day was a beautiful day, the sun was beaming down and we had to get it inside quickly," said St. Jude Community Center Director Sister Beth Mouch. "That's what we were doing."

However, just as volunteers finished wheeling in the last cart of food, Mouch returned to move the truck only to find a tow truck had beaten her to it.

"He was not connected to the truck, but he was backing up and I said, 'Please, sir, stop. I am getting ready to move,' and he wouldn't, he kept going," said Mouch.

Despite her pleas, the truck was taken away.

"I had no ticket, he just took off," said Mouch. "Yes, I was very surprised. If he said rules are rules, well I thought the rule was you had to have a ticket first. I had no ticket."

Mouch said this is not the first time this has happened. She said several of her volunteers have been ticketed or towed while unloading deliveries.

"Volunteers helping in the city, people trying to do acts of kindness, are not treated with the same respect and that is a concern from me," said Mouch.

Now Mouch is hoping her story will do some good. She does not want her fine waived. All she wants is the city to consider sensitivity training for all its tow truck drivers and meter maids.

"They need to understand that we are a hospitable city, and to treat people with much needed respect goes a long way and is much appreciated," said Mouch.

A spokesperson for they city looked into the matter and released this statement: 

"In this instance, the vehicle was blocking a public right-of-way, which is a violation of the city's parking rules. We will continue to work to both educate drivers on the city's parking regulations and to provide positive customer service experiences to the public."

 

 

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