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Suit: Parking spot denied for ugly van

April 19, 2011 at 4:00 AM

DEL MAR, Calif., April 19 (UPI) -- A California man's lawsuit against the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club claims he was denied use of a handicapped parking spot because his van is ugly.

Joseph Lee, 62, said club employees told him in September he would not be allowed to use the handicapped spots near the grandstand and would instead have to park in a dirt lot, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday.

Lee's lawsuit says he heard "scuttlebutt" that he was being denied handicapped parking because "the boss," identified as "Mr. Brubaker" in court papers, is "cleaning things up" and didn't like the look of his 1991 E20 Supervan.

The suit, which alleges a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, is seeking a minimum $4,000 in damages.

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