Los Angeles – Madonna has landed in trouble for erecting fake parking signs in New York to nab space for her cars.
The 57-year-old singer angered neighbours on the Upper East Side of the city – where she owns a $40m townhouse – by having large metal posts installed into the shrubbery beside the precious kerb space to unfairly claim three large spots for her Sports Utility Vehicles, according to TMZ.
Madonna — Busted For Posting Fake Signs to Hoard NYC Parking Spaces https://t.co/Dhvxq6Ap9b
— TMZ (@TMZ) March 24, 2016
The black and red signs were intended to scare off drivers desperately seeking space in the congested city – where parking is extremely limited – and state in bold: “Tenant Parking Only. Unauthorized vehicles will be towed away at vehicle owner’s expense.”
They were also accompanied by the words “No Parking” embossed in cement on the pavement, and a yellow line on the kerb.
One neighbour uncovered her scheme, and they confronted a bodyguard standing beside her trio of cars and questioned the signage.
But the singer’s aide reportedly replied: “We know the right people.”
Not to be deterred, the neighbour contacted New York’s Department of Transportation.
The agency visited the area on Wednesday and told the Like a Virgin singer’s representatives to have the signs removed immediately as the singe had no legal grounds to erect the signs, enforce a fine or deter other drivers from using the space.