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Cops Mum on Maria Shriver Muffingate 2009

11/25/2009 2:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Maria Shriver crossed the line yesterday when she went shoe and muffin shopping in Santa Monica yesterday without feeding her meter ... but several law enforcement sources say they also have problems with the way the situation was handled.

One law enforcement source says he would have handled it this way: "Maria, put a quarter in the meter!" He had no good answer why Maria didn't get ticketed and why a CHP deputy in the Dignitary Protection Unit stepped in to convince the parking cop to back off on writing a citation.

Initially, a rep from the Santa Monica PD told TMZ if Maria had a placard on her dash showing she was on official business the cop wouldn't write the ticket. But there was no placard in the window and last we checked eating a muffin and shopping for shoes has nothing to do with the business of California.

The rep also said the cop had "discretion" in writing a ticket. But another law enforcement source said Maria should have to pay the piper, one way or the other.

As for driving off without a seat belt, the Santa Monica official told us no one saw it.

As for official comment from law enforcement -- everyone seems scared to cross Guv Arnold Schwarzenegger, so mum's the word.

So far, no comment from the Governor's office either. Ditto Maria's.

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46.

D Chevy    

If any of you were married to the gov of cal you'd be doing the same exact thing.. c'mon.. you probably tell all your from TMZ to get out of paying the meters.. besides i dont think she's eating a muffin i think she's purging.. the muffin from earlier
maybe she should write a new children's book.. how to break the law when your famous

1732 days ago
47.

Butterfly    

IS IT ANY WONDER CALIFORNIA IS PRACTICALLY BANKRUPT? Just take a good look at the two leaders and you have your answer. Gov. and Mrs. have no pride, no dignity, no character and, above all, no "class."

1732 days ago
48.

barry Gordy is genius    

This is my favorite picture of Our First Lady. You can really see her talent in this photograph. I love it.

1732 days ago
49.

roseybaby63    

Muffingate 2009 sounds like a porn movie title. Just saying.

1732 days ago
50.

REALbarbwire7    

It seems obvious that they wouldn't give her a citation. But it does not seem obvious that they should think they are above worrying about getting one. It's a slap in the face to the people they are supposed to be representing. It's tacky. And this photo? I would die if someone snapped me with my mouth open and tongue hanging out! Ehhhh!

1732 days ago
51.

Me...    

Why cant this B* obey the law??

1732 days ago
52.

Mega    

is it really necessary to stick your tongue out as far as possible just to take a bite out of a muffin?!? she looks like britney spears trying to drink a frapuccinno.

1732 days ago
53.

piper    

What a bitch....and the TMZ guy couldn't get away with it...why should that bag of bones with her hollowed out cheeks get away with it?

1731 days ago
54.

KM    

NEXT THEIR KIDS WILL BE DRIVING AND DISRESPECTING THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA BY NOT OBEYING TOO. UNBELIEVABLE. SINCE CALIFORNIA IS IN DEBT, HOW MUCH WOULD HAVE BEEN PAID OUT SO FAR? THE TAXPAYING CITIZENS SHOULD KEEP VOICING THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT THIS....BE HEARD, THIS IS PLAIN WRONG. SINCE THIS IS THE GOV/WIFE...WHERE ARE THEIR GOOD EXAMPLES?

1731 days ago
55.

Janet Jacobsen    

Much ado about muffin.

1731 days ago
56.

lisalisa    

City/county officials are exempt from that stuff

1731 days ago
57.

wayne J. Voter    

Well,for those of you who voted for Arnold and his mate? you got what you desired. For those of you who voted against him you also got him and his bony,rattled,kennedy,mental case. That whole clan has been interbred for so long there isn't sane one left.Arnold would be smart to slip away while he can.As for them breaking the law,the Kennedys and there elk have been doing it sense the first one fell off the branches. Well you all can vote them out soon...

1731 days ago
58.

white girl Becky    

Im not white trash. Im poor white trash. Sarah Palin's my hero. She's white trash too. SARAH PALIN 2012!! She's the smartest woman on earth. YEA SARAH!! YEA SARAH!! YEA SARAH!! RUN SARAH RUN!! RUN SARAH RUN!! SHE'S THE SMARTEST WOMAN IN EARTH!! SHE'S THE SMARTEST WOMAN ON EARTH!! Well excuse me TmZ. I'm about to molest my daughter now. Bye yall. GO SARAH GO!!

1731 days ago
59.

Cheryl    

Arnold & Maria need to start donating to the CA coffers. If they were ticketed for each infraction the state may become solvent again!

1731 days ago
60.

white girl Becky    

I have 2 kids by my cousin and smell like a wet dog. I'm elite poor white trailer trash.

1731 days ago
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