NBC10.com - George Spencer
A Bethlehem, Pa. man has been charged with disorderly conduct after police say he retaliated against a neighbor who stole the parking spot he shoveled out.
With piles of snow still on the streets, Bethlehem residents are protective of their shoveled out parking spots. But police say one man took things a bit too far after he allegedly took revenge on a neighbor who dared to take his spot.
Police were called to Leibert Street on Wednesday around 8:40 p.m. by a man who claimed his car was surrounded by piles of snow.
The man told police he found a spot on the street and moved an orange crate to park his vehicle. The man later discovered however, that the crate belonged to his neighbor, 64-year-old Ernest Nemeth, according to investigators. Police say Nemeth angrily told the man that he had shoveled out the parking spot and that it belonged to him.
A short time later, investigators say Nemeth and an unidentified woman surrounded the man’s car with piles of snow as a form of revenge.
“He saw these two people shoveling the snow back,” said Nellie Morales, another Bethlehem resident. “Like, ‘hey, I shoveled my car out, now you’re gonna have to do it too.”
Nemeth was charged with disorderly conduct.
A spokeswoman for the Bethlehem Police Department told NBC10 that it's against city policy for Bethlehem residents to reserve spots.
Philadelphia Police also have a similar policy. Police say their officers can and will confiscate any item used to reserve a parking space on a city street, and residents can call 911 to report neighbors who are using items to reserve the spaces.