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This Police Department Turned "Hotline Bling" Into A PSA About Saving Parking Spaces

"You need to call us from your cellphone late night when you see that cone."

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People in Philadelphia have a long tradition of placing odd items in their freshly shoveled parking spaces on the street, Sgt. Eric Gripp with the Philadelphia Police Department told BuzzFeed News.

These are all creative, Philly, but remember that despite digging out of a parking space there are still #NoSavesies

People place the items in public parking spots outside of their homes to save the space while they are out at work or running errands, explains Sgt. Gripp.

❄️❄️Nor'easter, blizzard watch, snow on its way. ❄️❄️ #snowmaggedon2016 #NoSavesies Enough said ..

Sgt. Gripp, who has worked with the Philadelphia Police Department for 14 years, said he has seen a number of strange items people place in their spots.

My nieghbors will go through great lengths to save their spot! Right, @PhillyPolice? Grill & all lol! #NoSavesies

Some people deeply covet their hard-earned snow-shoveled parking spot possibly even more than they covet their ability to walk.

Keeping it real in Chestnut hill. @nefertitijaquez #NoSavesies @christnemaddela

#snow #JesusSaves #NoSavesies #parking #philly #snowparking #phillyparking #chairsaver #conesaver

Sgt. Gripp told Buzzfeed News said the odd items placed in saved space have led to police calls to resolve fights between angry neighbors.

Oh, come on! Now people are just trolling us! #NoSavesies

Sgt. Gripp said he has been dispatched to numerous residencies where fights have broken out between neighbors or tires have been slashed and destroyed.

As part of the department's #NoSavesies campaign, Sgt. Gripp produced a parody of Drake's "Hotline Bling" that he hopes will remind Philadelphian drivers that parking spots are shared public spaces.

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The song reminds car owners "that parking spot's not yours alone."

Just because you shoveled it out doesn't mean it you spot. #NoSavesies

The Philly police say people "need to call us from your cell phone late night when you see that cone."

Permanent #NoSavesies on my block (340 W Master St) @PhillyPolice what do I do to report? Family parks 3 cars

Sgt. Gripp said that it is safer for a police officer to remove a cone, or any other item put in a public parking space, than a neighbor because it can lead to fights.

"Believe me police everywhere have better things to do," he said. "I hate to say that because we live in the city. We know what it's like to shovel out of a parking spot but at the end of the day the law is the law and we can't have people fighting over a parking spot."

Leticia Miranda is a consumer affairs reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Leticia Miranda at leticia.miranda@buzzfeed.com.

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