Wienermobile Ticketed

CHICAGO (AP) -- As far as condiments go, most people wouldn't want to see it on their hot dog.

A parking ticket topped the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile after it was left parked illegally on a downtown Chicago thoroughfare yesterday.

A police officer ticketed the 27-foot fiberglass sausage after its driver parked it on Michigan Avenue and left it with the hazard lights blinking.

The officer radioed for a tow truck, but the car's driver and passenger returned before the truck arrived.

Matt Smith of the city's Streets and Sanitation Department says the city has access to tow trucks that could have handled a Polish sausage, not just a hot dog.

Kraft spokeswoman Sydney Lindner says illegal parking is against company policy, "even if you're driving a company vehicle that's shaped like a giant hot dog."

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