A New York woman who was ticketed last week for stopping in a commercial parking zone in Manhattan to feed her crying baby said she plans to fight the ticket, according to multiple reports.
Guillermina Rodriguez, 30, told WABC-TV she decided to stop Thursday morning after she dropped her husband off for an appointment and became stuck in a 45-minute traffic jam.
“I’m like almost crying, because she’s crying and all I want to do is pull over so I can attend to her,” Rodriguez said.
She said she saw her opportunity when she spotted a no-standing commercial zone on 8th Avenue, between 30th and 31st streets, WPIX and WCBS-TV reported.
"Even though I saw it was a commercial area, I'm like, 'I'm not obstructing the traffic. I'm not blocking anybody. Let me just stay there and I'll breastfeed the baby,'" she told WCBS.
Within two minutes of her hopping into the backseat to feed her daughter, Ileana, Rodriguez said her vehicle was approached by an officer with a tow truck, WABC reported.
“He just literally took out the tow truck, like he was going to tow the car, without even looking in there,” she told the news station. “I show him the baby and obviously my breast. … I’m like ‘I’m breastfeeding the baby,’ and he looks and … then he just puts the ticket (down) and he walks away.”
Rodriguez told WCBS she wished the officer had shown more compassion and sensitivity. Police told the news network a traffic agent wrote the $115 ticket Thursday before seeing Rodriguez and that "since traffic agents don't have authority to void tickets – his hands were tied."
Rodriguez said she plans to fight the ticket.