A local man got mad when he saw a car illegally parked in a handicapped space on Saturday.
“Right here at the parking lot, I confronted him,” Brian Moya said.
Moya knew the car shouldn't be there because it was a City of Houston vehicle. Worse -- the man behind the wheel was a city parking enforcement officer.
Moya felt he had to confront the man because both of his parents are disabled.
In a video that Moya took himself, he said to the officer, "Look at him right here in the handicapped spot. Say hello in the handicapped spot."
The city worker replied with explicit language.
Brian said, “Uh huh, in the handicapped spot. City vehicle.”
Moya could not believe the reaction he got, so he posted his video on YouTube and made a call to the City Parking Management Department.
"It's very hard for these people to actually find parking spots because people are abusing the privilege of parking in the handicapped spot," Moya said. "He should get the maximum fine of $500."
Moya said he believes the officer should also be terminated for representing the city in a bad way.
“We just don't tolerate that kind of behavior,” said Deputy Administrator Chris Newport.
Newport says the parking officer is a new employee and is still on probation.
“Clear, inappropriate action by a city employee, outside of every bound that we have for appropriate behavior for employee," Newport said. "I can't go into specifics, but we started this morning taking every action that we can take as quickly as we can take it.”
The city has also asked Brian Moya to become a volunteer parking enforcement officer. Under a program that began a few years ago, volunteers are empowered to issue tickets to scofflaws who park in handicapped spaces.
Of more than 3,000 tickets issued to offenders so far this year, more than half have been issued by volunteer enforcement officers.
Moya says he will think about it taking the volunteering position.