Wienermobile Gets a Ticket

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This week the Chicago Police Department gave the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile a ticket for parking its bun in a no-parking zone on Michigan Avenue.

SCOTT SIMON, host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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SIMON: And you know what? Santa Claus and his sleigh better watch out, too. This week, the Chicago Police Department gave the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile a ticket for parking its bun in a no-parking zone on Michigan Avenue.

The 27-foot-long fiberglass replica Red Hot is on a national promotional tour and calls Chicago home. Police had already called for a tow truck when the Weinermobile driver showed up to evert the impounding of his six-wheeled wurst.

Matt Smith from the Department of Streets and Sanitation told reporters the situation was resolved without the use of ketchup, which in Chicago is a big thing. Now, they take hotdogs as seriously in Chicago as they take Jerry Lewis movies in Paris.

So it's tempting to note that the special of the week at Hot Doug's on North California Avenue is Cognac-infused Smoked Pheasant Sausage with Truffle Sauce and Manchego Cheese.

Parking violation is a misdemeanor, but truffle sauce on a bun pup - there's a crime.

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