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Oscar Meyer Wienermobile ticketed

Aug. 10, 2007 at 1:40 PM   |   Comments

CHICAGO, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Chicago police showed that they do not make exceptions for famous wiener shaped vehicles, ticketing the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile on the Magnificent Mile.

The giant hot dog shaped car was illegally parked on fashionable Michigan Avenue Thursday so a police officer issued a $50 ticket to its owners and was planning on towing the one of a kind vehicle away, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Matt Smith of the Chicago Streets and Sanitation Department said the city would have been ready to handle the job.

"We have access to tow trucks that could have handled a Polish sausage, not just a hot dog," Smith said.

But, the two drivers of the Wienermobile made it back to their vehicle before the tow trucks arrived and the issue was settled.

"The situation was resolved without the use of ketchup, which in Chicago is a big thing," joked Smith.

Chicago-style hot dogs use mustard, onion, pickles, tomato slices or wedges and celery salt, but no ketchup.

Topics: Matt Smith
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