Runner fined in national park
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While some of the government is furloughed, the police are hard at work. Apparently that means stalking abandoned cars near national parks until their owners return, The Blaze reports.
John Bell parked his car in an open lot and proceeded to start his run through the Valley Forge National Historical Park on Sunday and had quite a surprise waiting for him.
Two rangers were near his car ready to pounce when he got back. He was fined $100, but plans to "fight" his ticket in federal court. He also divulged that many other runners and cyclists were in the park
This isn't the only incident of people "breaking" into parks.
A couple was also fined $100 (per person) for entering Acadia National Park to celebrate their 34th anniversary. The park is where they spent part of their honeymoon, Online Sentinel reports. They were joined by another couple (who were both also fined) and were surprised because of the hundreds of other violators that were in also in the park that day.
“I thought they were going to drive all of us to jail,” said Julie Gillies, the wife of the couple fined.
“It was the most embarrassing, intimidating thing ever,” she said. “I thought I was in a foreign country.”
In Acadia National Park alone, only 15 of the 206 usual staffers are allowed to work, which creates for many unfriendly situations.
Check out the pics above to see what exactly is closed during the governement shutdown.