MPD's last parking patrol officer retires - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MPD's last parking patrol officer retires

Parking Patrol Officer Loretta Glover has heard every excuse in the book. Parking Patrol Officer Loretta Glover has heard every excuse in the book.

(WMC-TV) - On the streets for nearly three decades, Parking Patrol Officer Loretta Glover has heard every excuse in the book.

"I wasn't parked here ... I was just coming to my car ... The meter's broke ... That fire plug wasn't here when I pulled up; you must've put it there," said Glover recalling excuses.

She was hired along with six others, but they all moved on long ago. She has been MPD's lone Parking Patrol Officer since 2000 making her one of a kind.

She cannot fathom a guess of how much revenue her ticket book has generated or how many people she has met.

"They're good in general. You can reason with most of them. There's some, just no talking to them," said Glover.

She said the worst part is not the excuses but the cold weather. The best part is her friends and co-workers.

While she loves her job, the last of her kind has worked her last day. She is retired effective Monday.

"Well, it's time for me to go," she said. "It's just ... Surreal I guess. Kinda hard for me to grasp that I'm leaving something that I love doing."

Should you find a fire hydrant popped up alongside your parked car it will not hold Glover's name on the ticket on your windshield anymore.

As she leaves a chapter in MPD's history books goes with her. Glover says she has gotten a parking ticket before, while on duty, which she paid.

But don't rejoice, Memphis, you will still get parking tickets. It's just no now regular uniformed officers write them.

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