Secretary of State John Kerry was fined $50 for failing to clear the snow from sidewalk on the side of his home in Boston, Fox News reports.
The area received more than two feet of snow from a blizzard that hampered the Northeast earlier this week. It prompted Mayor Martin Walsh to crack down on anyone who left snow on the sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses.
Kerry was in Saudi Arabia at the time attending the funeral of King Abdullah with President Obama.
“Diplomats — they’re just like us,” State Department spokesman Glen Johnson was quoted by The Boston Herald as stating. “Secretary Kerry was working overseas while the blizzard packed a wallop back home, and unfortunately his snow removal company misconstrued yellow hazard tape along the sidewalk — put up to warn of falling snow and ice overhead — as police tape and thought that part of the sidewalk was off limits.”
“Once they understood they were allowed to enter the area,” the statement adds, “the contractors finished the sidewalk late morning. The snow has all been shoveled now; the Secretary will gladly pay the ticket, and let’s hope this is the last blizzard of the year.”