A public worker in Minnesota wants the city of St. Paul to pay for hitting her own car while driving a city own vehicle.

According to the St. Paul Pioneer PressSt. Paul Parks and Recreation employee Megan Campbell was behind the wheel of a city supply van, and was driving back from a city-owned storage building on the west side of St. Paul. When she turned a corner, she made the turn too tight, which caused her to hit a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder.

It turned out, the Pathfinder Campbell hit was her own vehicle.

Despite hitting her own vehicle, Campbell now wants the city to pay for the damages to her vehicle, even though it was her who was behind the wheel of the truck that hit her car. Campbell filed a claim against the city, seeking $1,600 to $1,900 from the city for — get this — damage caused to her personal property by a city worker. Campbell wrote in her claim:

“Because I was working for the city and driving the city vehicle, I feel they are responsible for paying for the damage done to my car.”

St. Paul City Clerk Shari Moore told the Pioneer Press that this was the first time a city employee has filed a “notice of claim” against the city for causing damage to their own property with city equipment. Moore said:

“I think I can safely say this is a very unusual claim.”

Although city officials have not reviewed the unusual claim, officials have already raised concerns. The van Campbell was driving in was rented from Enterprise Rent-A-Car agency, and neither Campbell nor Enterprise reported damage to the vehicle, according to parks and recreation department spokesman Brad Meyer.

Meyer told the Pioneer Press that Campbell’s incident will be reviewed, and if she is found negligent in hitting her own car with a city vehicle, she could face termination.

[Photo Credit: Bob Deng]

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