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2013-06-13 11:10

JUST A DOING HER JOB: A female traffic cop says she was just “doing her job” by dishing out a parking ticket to a hearse during a funeral. Images: Churches-uk-ireland.org

LONDON, England - A traffic warden ticketed a funeral limo while grieving relatives were being dropped St Saviour's Church in Lewisham, England.

The Daily Mail reports that when confronted by mourners, the official replied: "I'm doing my job."

The hearse, transporting a deceased 85-year-old man, was behind a car which had been parked for nine minutes to allow people to congregate before heading into the church.


Funeral director Nicki Dunphy said: “Everyone is outraged. She brazenly put the ticket on the car when the family hadn’t even gone into the church.

"We, and other funeral directors, have to stop to unload coffins and to let grieving families exit the cars. There are funerals every week at St Saviour's Church and dozens of other churches all over Lewishaam and I’ve never heard of this happening before.

"People expect a bit of respect. This isn’t just a public car. This is the third funeral I have done for this family in a year. It is really sad for them."

Lewisham Council has since apologised and confirmed funeral hearses and limousines were exempt from parking restrictions. The parking ticket was later cancelled, reports the Daily Mail.

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