HR Strange But True!
September 14, 2006

What would you do if you had a reserved parking space at work and someone else parked in it? If you want to avoid the long arms of the law, you probably should avoid keying the person's car, which is what police in a South Carolina city say a worker did to an SUV parked in his space. Or, at least don't get caught on tape.

The Associated Press reports that police in North Charleston accuse city ombudsman James Bell of dragging his keys across an SUV parked in his parking spot, which was marked "Ombudsman." The SUV in Bell 's parking spot belonged to councilman Bob King, who says it was the second time that his car was scratched.

After King reported the first incident, police set up a camera to watch the car. Police say that the video showed that when Bell arrived at work last week and found Kings' SUV in his parking space, he used his keys to scratch King's car.

Bell's attorney contends that the scratches were an accident and that a recent knee surgery affected Bell's balance.

Bell also says the scratches were an accident.

"I had no intentions of scratching his vehicle," he tells the AP. "I put my hand on his car to check the license tag. I did not intentionally key his car."

King says his car was scratched about 5 weeks ago when he parked in Bell 's parking space. King says he had parked in the space because he believed that Bell was off duty, the news service reports.

Police charged Bell with a misdemeanor count of malicious injury to personal property.

Source: Associated Press via Washington Post

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