A suspected phony parking lot attendant is now parked in a real jail cell, police said Wednesday.
George Gerald Anderson, 50, of San Francisco, was arrested last weekend after reportedly claiming to be a parking lot attendant and charging a tourist to park in a lot at Bay and Kearny streets. It was not Anderson’s first run-in with the law, police said, or his first time impersonating a parking lot attendant.
The tourist contacted police about 10:40 a.m. Saturday saying he felt uneasy about the parking lot attendant and wanted help determining if Anderson was actually an employee. The victim, a 61-year-old Riverside County man, told police that Anderson had pocketed his cash when he parked in the lot. When cops arrived, Anderson reportedly put the money into the parking lot’s ticket machine.
Anderson was arrested, police said, and officers found a number of parking lot tickets in his pocket. One matched the receipt Anderson had reportedly placed under the tourist’s windshield wiper.
After his arrest, Anderson told police he had recently been the subject of a San Francisco Chronicle story about parking lot cons. The paper had published Anderson’s picture with an article Jan. 2. He was described as a serial parking lot attendant impersonator who had been arrested several times.
Anderson remains jailed on theft charges and a probation violation, police said.