Monday, July 16, 2018

Take That Ticket and Stick It!

Credit: Andy Finch
I hate tickets

An open letter to the meter maids in my neighborhood in San Francisco

I’m not saying you’re targeting my car. I imagine you’re ticketing every car in your prevue whenever you can, but it just seems like my vehicle gets ticketed while other offending cars right next to mine seem to consistently avoid the similar penalty. I know, it sounds like I’m whining and maybe I am, but it’s becoming more and more evident that you people must lie in wait to slap tickets on my windshield with great dexterity and incredible timing. You’re either super human or it’s a conspiracy.

I’m mad at the world, I guess, and meter maids in particular. But, that’s a knee jerk reaction, because everyone has to have a job. I realize that it’s not fair for me to be abusive toward you simply because you chose this particular career. I’ve actually studied it, and people who become parking meter attendants were probably tattlers in elementary school, ratted out all the smokers and stoners in high school, and have been teachers pets most of their lives. These are the same types of people who also become sports referees, cops and school principals. They will flock toward any career in which you can penalize other people for doing something perceived by society as wrong. Hey I know it’s not your fault. You’re just doing your job. Isn’t that what they said at Nuremberg? (Just kidding.)

I don’t want to start a war because you’ll win. But, I want you to know that within the last two months, I’ve received five parking tickets totaling $310—one for blocking the sidewalk in front of my house for a millisecond, while I ran inside to urinate, instead of relieving myself in my car or on the same sidewalk; two for parking on the wrong side of the street on a street sweeping day, confused by your first and third week policy and maybe sometimes or not sometimes on particular holidays (for instance, why do they observe Martin Luther King Day but not President’s Day?); one for not turning my wheels in the correct direction while parked on a hill; and the final for blocking a driveway by approximately 7-8 inches.

Maybe we can make the process a little easier? Mailing in all these checks is time consuming and a waste of paper and stamps. Can I send you, for example $500, so that you can put it on account? Maybe you can give me a break for paying in advance? Because with my admittedly sloppy parking habits and your uncanny vulture-like ability to nail me for even the most minor offenses within seconds of them occurring—I anticipate a substantial number of parking tickets in my immediate future.

Can’t we just get along?

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By Katherine Cobb on March 11, 2010 at 06:55 am

Not having your wheels turned? Really? That's a bit ridiculous. My "favorite" glorified hall monitor is our town's Ordinance Enforcer. He used to harass the Cobbs to no end, but seems to have skulked away in recent years. Someone new just took over though: one member of the Charles Town Police, who ticketed our 1964 Barracuda that's for sale. Apparently, you can't just have a car out in front of your house that doesn't move every few days. Even if it's for sale! And in our small town, parking's not at a premium. We have oodles of it! Our motto over here is I FOUGHT THE LAW AND THE WE WON. We've beat them every time, so fight the good fight, buddy!

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By Peeds on March 12, 2010 at 05:39 am

I m sorry but "not turning the tyres" that just cracked me up ... that is not fair ! I hope you dont waste your emotions on these petty things , because staying angry or frustrated because some ticket maid was crazy to book you for the most ridiculous reason is not worth it .. dont let these small things get the better of you .. your much more important than that !! .. thats all i can say , I hope this finds you in good health and happiness.

Have a great day !



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By wolviela on March 12, 2010 at 09:28 am

As an ex- Bay area resident, turning your wheels in S.F. is a BIG THING! you see the streets of SF? i'd take the ticket over my card losing it's self and having to pay for loads of other car repairs let alone your own.

But what I don't get is blocking your own drive way!!

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