This can't be true, but several sources tell us that prior to the CIAA tournament Charlotte Police Chief Rodney Monroe handed out parking passes to friends and family. The CMPD even spent nearly $1,000.00 for a laminating machine, to add a touch of professionalism to the parking placards.
The much sought after parking pass apparently didn't impress one parking lot attendant who refused to allow the Chief and his entourage to park for free. Rumor has it the Chief flipped out and went as far as threatening to lock up the disrespectful offender.
A second report tells of a number of cars that were ticketed for parking on the sidewalk in front of the Convention Center, despite displaying the official looking parking permit.
Seems the real parking permits were issued by the CIAA in limited numbers, with specific instructions on where to park and discribing which parking lots the "free" parking permits were valid.
The CIAA fans who received the "extra" permits just assumed they were good for parking anywhere they wanted. OPPS!
But in the end all was well, those who were given tickets got a reprieve after the Chief intervened and apparently no cars were towed or booted.