Friday, April 06, 2007

Dang, downtown parking meter attendants do not play

I found that out all too well recently when I had to run into the Caddo Court House right before it closed.

Granted, I should accept some fault here. It was 4:28 p.m. when I parked in the 400 block of Milam Street. I didn't insert a quarter or a dime or a nickel in the meter because I thought, "Hey. It's almost 5 o'clock. Surely they're not checking these anymore."

Apparently I was wrong. As I rushed back to my car -- thinking more about my deadline than fearing a parking ticket -- I actually saw an attendant crossing to the opposite side of the street from where my car was.

And lo and behold was the citation, right under my driver-side windshield wiper. It was marked 4:53 p.m.

Only SEVEN minutes before this guy clocked out he was out looking for ways to make $10 off illegal parkers! I wasn't the only sucker; there were at least three others.

I didn't accost the man since I know he was just doing his job. People don't always like the way I do my job. But who actually feeds the meter when it's nearly 4:30 p.m.? I wish these ticketers would cut a guy some slack.


Anonymous said...

.25 < 10.00

use the meters.


Greg Pearson said...

I always end up inside on assignment downtown longer than expected...I have gotten about 5 parking tickets, several of them having more than doubled in fees because of procrastination. Thank goodness they have online pay or I'd have crumnpled tickets packed in my glove box.

Greg Pearson said...
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Greg Pearson said...

An additional note...I've followed the meter guys around on assignment...they dont put tickets on media vehicles! But unlike TV stations, we dont run around town in company vehicles with The Times plastered all over it.

Adam Kealoha Causey said...

Thank you, anonymous, for the fourth grade math lesson I had apparently forgotten.

Yeah, Greg, it seriously might be time to bring up the magnet talk again, huh?