Student Says She’s Prohibited From Parking Hearse at South L.A. Apartment; Family Claims Discrimination

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Samantha Kidner, an 18-year-old mortician student, claims she is not allowed to park in her apartment complex because of the kind of car she drives. (Credit: KTLA)

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A disabled student claimed her apartment management has prohibited her from parking at her South Los Angles complex because she drives a hearse.

Samantha Kidner, an 18-year-old mortician student, claims she is not allowed to park in her apartment complex because of the kind of car she drives. (Credit: KTLA)
Samantha Kidner, an 18-year-old mortician student, claims she is not allowed to park in her apartment complex because of the kind of car she drives. (Credit: KTLA)

Samantha Kinder, an 18-year-old mortician student, moved into The Lorenzo about two weeks ago. She told KTLA she has been asked not to park her vehicle on the premises.

“I’ve been harassed several times. They’ve asked me repeatedly to move my car,” Kinder said.

The teen suffers from a spinal disorder that causes her to stumble or fall. She has a handicap parking permit and the family said they paid for additional parking.

Her mother, Denise Kinder, thought the family might have a lawsuit on their hands because “it is discrimination,” she said.

“Why shouldn’t she be able to park her car there, which is on the lease,” Denise Kinder added.

But some residents disagreed, stating that they do not believe the hearse should be allowed in the complex.

“I don’t think that should be here. It’s kind of spooky,” one unidentified tenant told KTLA.

Nerissa Knight reports from South L.A. for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Sept. 16, 2014.

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