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Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr.'s Car Seen in Handicapped Spot, Says It Was His Daughter

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City alderman's car parked in a handicapped spot.
This week, making the rounds on social media are photos of a St. Louis city alderman's car parked in a handicapped spot -- with an "official business" sign visible. Being on official city business, of course, does not allow politicians to use spots reserved for the disabled, which is why some angry St. Louisans are passing the image around. Daily RFT did some digging, and it turns out the vehicle belongs to St. Louis Alderman Freeman Bosley Sr.

Reached for comment, Bosley immediately admits it and offers this explanation: His daughter borrowed the car.

"She had no business parking where she parked," he says, adding, "She's going to be on the bus for awhile."

See also:
- Bosley Sr. Solicits Donations For Child's College Tuition: "I've Spent All...I Have"
- Freeman Bosley Sr. Says He Won't Accept Donations To Daughter's College Tuition
- State Senator John Lamping Caught Parking in Handicapped Spot, Apologizes

The photos were being shared quite a bit on Facebook late last week and on Reddit. The individual who took the photos -- who did not want to be named -- tells Daily RFT that he spotted the car at the Argyle Parking Garage at Euclid Avenue and Lindell Boulevard in the Central West End last Thursday afternoon. He says he alerted a manager, but the car remained there for at least an hour.

As is evidenced in the photo, prominently displayed in the car is the notice saying, "City of St. Louis / Official Business / Board of Aldermen." Here's a close-up from the photo shared with Daily RFT:

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Bosley tells us that his daughter, who is home for the summer and soon turning nineteen, was using the car and must have decided to park there without thinking it through.

"She said she only went there for a hot minute," he says, adding, "She has no business doing that. Why would she park in the handicapped spot? I'm 80 years old and I don't park in the handicapped spots."

He adds, "You know how kids are.... Teenagers do what it is they want to do at that moment, not thinking about the consequences."

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Freeman Bosley Sr.

Bosely says she might have been stopping in the library there, but he doesn't know for sure.

"If you have a teenager, do you know where they are 24-7? If they get a chance to get an automobile, you never know where they are going to go," he continues. "Just as long as they get home at a reasonable hour."

He says he thinks she will learn her lesson by having to take the bus for awhile, now.

He guesses she didn't even know that she was parking illegally. "If she recognized it was handicapped...she probably wouldn't park there."

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Bosely says he even got a call from the city treasurer's office, which oversees parking, asking why the vehicle was in that spot.

He adds of his daughter, "She's a very sweet kid. She's a good kid. She's not one to get in any trouble.... This kid ain't got a mean bone in her body."

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Ashley Budde
Ashley Budde

His daughter is 18 years old. I RARELY see teenagers back into parking spots. I'm clearly making a very generalized comment, and not saying that women under 35 can't back into spots. I am sure you both are very capeable, as am I (and well under 35).

Catherine Claire
Catherine Claire

Where the hell are you getting your information? Maybe if I can use your sources, I can get a better discount on my car insurance the moment I turn 35 (a decade from now), since I'll magically be able to move the car in reverse for the first time EVER! As compared to all the non-magical backing into parking spots I've been doing for the last 9 years.

Steve Froemel
Steve Froemel

Handicap sign clearly visable behind car....

Brian Cunningham
Brian Cunningham

I don`t live in St.Louis but I would be mad and have to say why were the police not called and not ticket`s issued?? I know if it were just like any one of the rest of us we would have gotten a ticket for this offense. Don`t care if his daughter has no mean bones in her body or not she did the crime she should pay for the crime. She also used the card of his to make is like it was official business I think she knew exactly what she was doing and figured this way she could get away with it by using the letter with the writing on it. I say give her a ticket anyways. Who else agrees with the ticket idea??

Michelle Howard
Michelle Howard

I back in to parking spots daily. I have since I was 16 and I've got 10 years until I'm 35. It is safer than backing out in a busy lot.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

Typical embezzlen stl niggah

Meg Mertz
Meg Mertz

I'm younger than 35 (well, not for long, mind you) and i sometimes do, then again I was raised by someone whom drives a truck for a living so I had to have my parking skills down!

Sandy Hahn
Sandy Hahn

AND THIS IS THE same St. Louis alderman who sought donations for daughter's college education... Who votes for this man ?

Ashley Budde
Ashley Budde

No girl less than 35 years old backs into a parking spot.

Chico Andy Mann
Chico Andy Mann

Step right up, Jeff. You just won the "dumbest comment on the internet" award.

Brian Cunningham
Brian Cunningham

I don`t live over that way but was he give a ticket for this if not who was the cop that didn`t do what his job was and give out the ticket. Shouldn`t matter if it was his daughter or not should have been given a ticked for this. Although it would have gotten fixed because of who he is just pull some strings and it is all gone.

Leslee Brown
Leslee Brown

nothing surprises me with this guy. such a sense of entitlement

Courtney Ringle
Courtney Ringle

oh well. if the car is registered in his name, he should get the ticket as well as her, if, infact it really was her. It would be sad if a dad tried to pass the buck onto his own kid if it wasnt her.

tmarkbiz
tmarkbiz

Abuse of power.... Pretty typical for a politician nothin new

John Lupia
John Lupia

That wad my question. Why no ticket?

Brenda Stasiak
Brenda Stasiak

I think its ridiculous and he should be ticketed like everyother tax payer

Chris Frank
Chris Frank

Also, is this the same daughter he was previously soliciting donations for, to help pay her college tuition? Stay classy!

Chris Frank
Chris Frank

Yah.....that's why. It has nothing to do with anything else...

Chris Frank
Chris Frank

Nice to see the elected alderman using the Kings English....

Jennifer O'Neal
Jennifer O'Neal

His daughter that he wanted everyone to donate money for her college education? Gtfoh

Michael Ketcher
Michael Ketcher

It think it's fine -- he is mentally handicapped ...

Susan Wolters
Susan Wolters

Wasn't he asking for donations for her education a few months ago? I'm glad she doesn't have a sense of entitlement.

Nofreezones
Nofreezones

Kids do the darnedest things, only she has the whole region looking at her laundry. Bet she don't do that no more.

Chico Andy Mann
Chico Andy Mann

Almost every handicapped parking spot in the STL area is occupied by a black woman who gets out of her Cadillac wearing high heels. And they wonder why nobody respects them?

Jeff Willett
Jeff Willett

I saw some of your 'cousins' blowing up the Boston marathon.

Manju Pandey Owoso
Manju Pandey Owoso

Step you and take the blame and stop asking us to fund your daughter's education.

Christopher Schmidt
Christopher Schmidt

Hmm, parking in the disabled parking spot, he must be mentally handicapped, needs to get that fixed when he has time.

Rick Firestein
Rick Firestein

Typical of the 'entitled' population. Saw some of his 'cousins' buying a shitload of candy yesterday at the Dollar Tree with an EBT card. More of the same typical behavior of the typicals that are breaking the back of this country.

Deanna Marie
Deanna Marie

this guy keeps getting in the news for not so good reasons. maybe he needs to be taken out of office. take responsibility Alderman

James Skaggs
James Skaggs

Maybe he had to run in somewhere to pick up some tuition money someone donated! Or maybe some more barbed wire fencing for his house! Oh wait, that couldn't be it. That is illegal!

Andrew D'Angelo
Andrew D'Angelo

This guy has dementia bad! EVERYTHING is someone else's fault to him. He blames everything because of the big f***up scam artist that he is...and when he gets caught...he claims "innocence". Spoken like a true criminal.

Ashley Budde
Ashley Budde

Hopefully they teach her not to do this kind of stuff at her fancy "non-St. Louis/non-Missouri" college her dad wanted his constituency to help out sending her to.

Lisa Apple
Lisa Apple

I think this was a Seinfeld episode

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