PINE LAWN, Mo. (KSDK) - People in Pine Lawn tell NewsChannel 5 they're upset about the way they were treated by their city.
At least a thousand people were scheduled Thursday for court dates. Many were lined up outside Pine Lawn City Hall for hours just to pay traffic tickets.
Thursday was the deadline for ticket holders to pay the fines before warrants would be issued for their arrest.
Hundreds of people at a time were crammed into Pine Lawn's small court building.
Frank Arrington called the conditions deplorable.
"Everybody has a degree of disgust. Everybody is angry. You can talk to anybody and they'll show their frustration," said Arrington.
PHOTOS: Hundreds line up outside Pine Lawn City Hall
Pine Lawn spokesman Lou Thimes, Jr. says standing in line is a bad situation for everyone.
"Our citizens get tired and agitated, we have to keep extra police officers around for security and court personnel around to help the accused," said Thimes, Jr.
He added citizens are given plenty of warning about their court date and are offered other ways to pay their fines.
"Some people hire attorneys and let them do the leg work. There are opportunities online that you can go to and pay those tickets. People tonight have chosen to come and physically stand in line to speak with the judge."
Thimes, Jr. says using the alternate forms of payment should cut down on long lines at the next scheduled court day.