Natalie Meisler, Denver Post sports reporter, cited for allegedly keying truck in Boulder

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Natalie Meisler.
On Monday, Denver Post sportswriter Natalie Meisler, age sixty, tweeted that she was "almost half thru Bolder Boulder." But the day before, she was reportedly running for a different reason.

On Sunday, according to the Boulder Police Department, she raced off after getting into a dispute over a Whole Foods parking space that ended with her keying a truck with a family inside.

A police report about the incident states that Robbie Knight was waiting for a space at the market while behind the wheel of his 2011 silver Toyota Tacoma pickup -- and even though he had his turn signal on, a green Honda Civic piloted by Meisler pulled in ahead of him. He told cops he tapped on his horn twice to express his displeasure, prompting Meisler to flail her arms and mouth an obscenity.

She did, however, pull out of the space, allowing Knight to park there. His wife then went to the store to shop, while he stayed in the truck with his kids -- something that may not have been apparent to folks outside due to his tinted windows.

Shortly thereafter, Knight said he heard a grinding sound and looked to see Meisler outside his vehicle, her hands moving back and forth. After dismounting and surveying the damage to his Tacoma's exterior, he asked, "What the (expletive) are you doing?" He claimed she replied, "You've just assaulted me. It's your word against mine."

For his part, Knight insisted that he didn't lay a hand on Meisler, although he admitted to being "very upset."

Whatever the case, he called 911 -- and police soon spotted Meisler running nearby. She subsequently told officers that Knight had yelled profanities at her and grabbed her upper arm for reasons she didn't know. Quizzed further, she recalled driving into a parking spot near a big truck, but didn't elaborate on anything else that may have happened. She also asked for a police escort back to her car at Whole Foods, presumably as protection against Knight, who she accused of harassing and stalking her. But since Knight had already split, the cops told her she was on her own.

The result of this back-and-forth was a summons for criminal mischief -- a misdemeanor at this point, although if the damage to the truck exceeds $500, it could be bumped up to a felony.

To its credit, the Denver Post covered the story -- an example of putting good journalism ahead of collegial concerns. Meisler didn't comment for that item or the more detailed 7News piece that preceded it. (Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that the Post article came first.)

By the way, the most recent article written by Meisler was published on May 19. No doubt she hopes the next one will feature her name in the byline, not in the text.

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AlanBJones
AlanBJones

You're right, Guzzo. What we have here is not one person who needs to grow up, but two. Even if you believe everything the man said -- and don't you doubt he's telling both sides -- he still acted like a confrontational ass in front of his children. What they're going to remember is that Pops fought with an old lady over a parking spot. Now that's a good way to raise your children.

PhillyJ
PhillyJ

Hold on she keyed his car! I'd be pissed too!

AlanBJones
AlanBJones

And you should be, PhillyJ, but this confrontation did not begin with a keyed truck. A grown man decided to retaliate against a woman in her 60s and force her to move out of "his" parking spot ... in front of his children. That's not exactly Father Knows Best. When his son is in the principal's office for slugging a little girl in the lunchroom line who took the last chocolate milk -- or the police station someday for slugging his wife b/c she didn't cook what he wants for dinner -- Pops should be real proud of how he raised his boy. GROW UP, Boulder. As I said, both people sound like pestilent twits who happened to meet.

Joanne33
Joanne33

Let's look at the other side, AlanBJones. What about when Junior thinks it's ok to destroy other peoples' property at will and winds up in jail? And clearly Ms Meisler needs to control her emotions in more constructive ways. And there's a lesson there also-if you're getting that upset about where you park (especially in that lot) you need professional help.

Ms.Misty
Ms.Misty

Umm I think you shoudl re-read that story, youhave your facts mixed up. He never touched her. she is CRAZY!

tu zambo cheroca
tu zambo cheroca

Stupid cunt! Suck the microphone and look at the camera, bitch!

Kuei
Kuei

One more useless american cunt who's trying to play the defenseless woman card.

Jake_V
Jake_V

....fucking bitch.  'Nuff said.

Guzzo
Guzzo

Same thing happened to me once, with a similar-looking ugly-ass, dried-up old sociopathic skank. I was mad too, but I let my brain override my emotions and let her keep the parking space without making a scene.

GetReal
GetReal

I'm not seeing a shortage in trees...

Jim
Jim

or a shortage of stupid comments

Bill
Bill

Don't see it in the dead-tree version, though. Of course, only a handful of people get the dead-tree version.

RalphMalph
RalphMalph

Bill, the Post lands on 310,000 doorsteps every weekday, and nearly 500,000 on Sunday. A handful? You just pulled that our of your ass, huh?

Bill
Bill

And yet, this story doesn't make it into the print edition, it's just buried on the POS Web site only because Channel 7 broke the news that one of the Post's own reporters acted like a 12-year-old punk in an attempt to cover themselves to not be "collegial". Expect nothing less.

AlanBJones
AlanBJones

I saw it in the print edition, Bill. I have already tossed it, or I would tell you what page it was on.

Jim
Jim

That's a big hand

TheDenverChannel.com
TheDenverChannel.com

Hi Michael, actually, 7NEWS broke the story. Not the Denver Post. 

Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

No it didn't, stop hogging the credit.

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