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August 14, 2007 > Wienermobile ticketed for illegal parking

Wienermobile ticketed for illegal parking

CHICAGO (AP), Aug 10 As far as condiments go, most people wouldn't want to see it on their hot dog.

A parking ticket topped the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile after it was left parked illegally on a downtown Chicago thoroughfare.

The 27-foot fiberglass sausage was ticketed Thursday morning after its driver parked it on Michigan Avenue and left it on the side of the six-lane road with the hazard lights blinking.

A police officer ticketed the vehicle and radioed for a tow truck, but the car's driver and passenger returned before the truck arrived.

``The situation was resolved without the use of ketchup, which in Chicago is a big thing,'' said Matt Smith of the city's Streets and Sanitation Department.

Smith said a city tow truck could have done the job, if necessary.

``We have access to tow trucks that could have handled a Polish sausage, not just a hot dog,'' Smith said.

Parking on a street marked ``Parking/Standing Prohibited Anytime'' is a $50 violation, said Ed Walsh, a spokesman for the city's Department of Revenue.

Kraft spokeswoman Sydney Lindner said the Wienermobile is on a nationwide tour promoting a contest to sing the Oscar Mayer jingle in a commercial.

She said illegal parking is against company policy, ``even if you're driving a company vehicle that's shaped like a giant hot dog.''

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