- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
A few weeks ago, I parked in a meter that had a few minutes left on it. I put my quarter into the meter and…nothing, no extra time. Put a second quarter and nada. I had no pen to write a note saying it was broken, so I went inside and borrowed one from a friend. Got back outside, note in hand and…the meter maid had already ticketed it (she said she stood there and waited for it to turn over – how nice!) I explained, showed the note, but there was nothing that could be done she said.
Everyone told me this particular town is very difficult and won’t dismiss tickets, but I felt it was just plain wrong for them not to dismiss it, after all, most importantly, I paid and secondly, it was broken. (I also think it terrible that the town is so bad at dismissing illegitimate tickets people that people get completely defeated about it, even when the ticket is illegimately issued, and not because it’s annoying to write, which it is, but because they’ve never heard anyone who has successfully dismissed any.) Lost the appeal, all I can do now is request a hearing but only with additional information.
I’ve looked up the parking regulations and first, there’s nothing on broken meters, even though most of the surrounding towns have 1 hr policies. But even by their own rules, I legitimately parked there, because the rules focus on depositing coins (which I did), not in that the meter must actually reflect the time. (“It shall be unlawful for any person to fail or neglect to deposit such coins or to fail to park within the limits designated. Such parking meter space may be used by such vehicle during the time limited according to the sum thus deposited and such vehicle shall be unlawfully parked if it shall remain in such space beyond the period of time for which the operator shall have deposited coins in the meter.”)
Right now I’m just pissed about this. I am going to pay, because it wasn’t my car but registered in my FMIL’s name and I think the registered owner has to attend the hearing and I’m not going to make her do that for $15. (Even though she’s frustrated by it too.)
But I intend to write to Panera where I parked, to let them know why I won’t be eating there anymore, which I used to regularly do to meet a friend. The town’s revenue loss. I also intend to write to a few people in office, even though I doubt it will do any good, but who knows, maybe eventually they’ll change their policies. The vending machine people will give back their money if their machine eats it, why is the city allowed to get away without at the very minimum, refunding my money the meter ate?
Just wanted to vent, I know there’s nothing that can be done really but suck it up. Getting tickets when they are legit is annoying enough. Having the meter eat money AND get ticketed is just wrong. At least give me back the money the meter stole!