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Man Shovels in Driver Who Took His Spot: Police

By David Chang
|  Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014  |  Updated 11:58 AM EDT
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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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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