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914Driver GRM+ Memberand Dork
3/2/09 6:11 a.m.

My son's fiance went to Boston for a conference and parked in the neighborhood she used to live in near Fenway. She got there Saturday morning and left Sunday morning. There was no red curb or no parking signs but she had seven tickets on her windwhield Sunday.

Wouldn't you think that once you got a ticket the cop would pass you by? $25 fine. $25 X 7 = PITA.


NYG95GA Dork
3/2/09 6:44 a.m.

Sounds like serious overkill to me. Of course, there are no "quotas".

Grtechguy SuperDork
3/2/09 7:24 a.m.

I would have her take a picture of the spot to prove nothing was wrong and then go fight the ticket with the magistrate

Osterizer HalfDork
3/2/09 7:43 a.m.

On the bright side, there are worse ways to get 7 parking tickets...


Wally SuperDork
3/2/09 9:08 a.m.

In NY they can and often do re-ticket after a few hours.

Apexcarver SuperDork
3/2/09 9:13 a.m.

Reminds me of when my roommate at OSU forgot he was parked in a weekend only lot on sunday, remembered on wednesday, and had something like $500 in tickets on his car.

Jay HalfDork
3/2/09 9:20 a.m.

I thought you can't be charged multiple times for the same offense. How is this any different?


foxtrapper SuperDork
3/2/09 9:38 a.m.

I remember one time when the ticket writer apparently just stood there and empty his book onto my motorcycle. As in several hundred tickets.

Legally parked no less, with the proper parking pass.

Judgement was that I must have done something to offend the ticket writer, so I was found guilty on something like 20-40 of the tickets.

fastEddie Dork
3/2/09 9:58 a.m.

Back when I co-op'd for GM at their old N. Tarrytown, NY plant I forgot to move my car from one side of the street to the other one day and got towed. And there wasn't even any snow on the ground - which I thought was the whole reason for doing the switch-back-and-forth thing. That seemed pretty senseless too.

mad_machine GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
3/2/09 10:52 a.m.
Wally wrote: In NY they can and often do re-ticket after a few hours.

I got a ticket for parking at a Munimeter in NYC.. I was driving a Commercial vehicle with commercial tags and a magnetic sign on the doors....

came to find out, magnetic signs do not cut it in NYC..

GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
3/2/09 12:21 p.m.
foxtrapper wrote: I remember one time when the ticket writer apparently just stood there and empty his book onto my motorcycle. As in several hundred tickets.

Gives a new meaning to "throwing the book at you"

Wally SuperDork
3/2/09 2:48 p.m.

New York is filled with insane and sometimes contraditory parking laws. Alternate side of the street parking is for street cleaning, not just in the snow but from the maniacs in the street sweepers picking up all the horse dung to keep us safe from disease (That is where the rabid cleanng of streets in an otherwise filth cesspool came from) Magnetic signs are worhless, and as I found out even if your tow truck is from a company outside of NYC you can get tickets for not having a DCA complaint number on the truck, even though the DCA only gives out numbers to NYC companies. One day while loading a car I was ticketed for: Idling, even though the body won't work with the engine off, no DCA number, unsecured dunnage (I had the safety chains on the back of the body while I hooked the car up), a broken windshield on the car I was picking up (it had just been in an accident)

Adding insult to injury was that this all happened outside the NYPD pound on the west side where the car had been towed to after the driver was taken to the hospital and a Police Officer parked the car in a bus stop until an authorized company came for the car. The police left before the towing company arrived, and when traffic enforcement saw the car in a bus stop the impounded it.

Luckily a lawyer was able to sort this out so that I didn't owe the city anything.

DirtyBird222 HalfDork
3/2/09 3:43 p.m.

Parking ticket issues of mine:

1) UCF...first two semesters here parked without a parking pass never got a ticket. Bought a parking pass this semester before my luck ran out and I've gotten 5 parking tickets so far all stating that I don't have a pass....

2) FAU...teacher parking was open from 9pm-9am for students. Parked there late one night, got up at 7am to move before it became a problem and already had a ticket. Took it to SGA and it was upheld with no reason given....

3)Rental car....When my LT1 Trans Am got totaled on I-75 I got a PT Cruiser as a rental car, whoever wrote up the orders that day screwed up writing down the tag of another PT Cruiser for me and someone else. This person had accumulated over $600 in parking tickets in downtown Orlando while I was living in Gainesville at the time and Enterprise tried to get me to pay these fines....

Mental SuperDork
3/2/09 4:36 p.m.

Wow that sucks.

When I was in school I used to keep my old tickets, and put them under my wiper when I parked illegally (which in my defense was only on days that ended in a "Y")

After a few months my butt ugly Suzuki Samurai gave me away and the rent cops on campus got wise.

minimac Dork
3/2/09 4:54 p.m.

Even I know you don't take a car into Boston, and I've never been accused of being a genius. The parking nazi probably got pissed that that an out -of- towner got a good parking spot.

Toyman01 GRM+ Memberand New Reader
3/2/09 5:53 p.m.

Got two parking tickets from a hospital I work for, $22.00 each, while parked where I was supposed to be. Marked both tickets up 25% and added them to the invoice I mailed them. They actually paid the invoice! Haven't been ticked since. Some times your the bug, sometimes your the windshield.

John Brown
John Brown GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
3/2/09 6:24 p.m.
Osterizer wrote: On the bright side, there are worse ways to get 7 parking tickets... http://www.bradenton.com/180/story/1254739.html

After reading the story I kept thinking "Wheres Waldo?"

I AM going to hell.

internetautomart SuperDork
3/2/09 8:00 p.m.

in chicago you get booted and towed for only 2 tickets.
They will (and have) booted a car in the middle of the street with someone in it.

Doc_1 New Reader
3/2/09 8:52 p.m.

It's all about the money. GYM

aussiesmg Dork
3/2/09 8:58 p.m.

Rural living rocks

confuZion3 Dork
3/3/09 8:41 a.m.

Chicago just got a WHOLE LOT COOLER too! They privatized parking there. They did it, literally, the day I went out for the AAAS conference. And I, like an idiot, rented a car. Those motherberkeleyers charge so much for parking that I had to get a roll of quarters $10.00, just to park for two hours. And I could only put like 30 minutes in at a time.

I guess I got lucky though. That first day, my meter had been expired for like 30 minutes by the time I got back to the car (I was listening to Al Gore speak) and I didn't have a ticket.

The second day, I parked in a lot and was being badgered by a homeless man and didn't realize that I had to put the little receipt on the dash board. "Oh, hey buddy. let me show you how to work the mach--uh, yeah, just put your license plate numbers in the--oh--you got it--you're doing it right, just put your plate numbers in the machine--OK, now put your money in, yeah, no, in there, you're doing it wrong--OK, you're good to go. No, you don't need to do anything else, just go you're good! Got any spare change?" Had I been paying attention, I would have realized that the machine does NOT give change either so I overpaid. berkeleying homeless people!! I was parked illegally there (meaning that there was no receipt on my car) for 9 hours and I didn't get in a lick of trouble.

Had the Prius been towed from that lot, I would have uh, well, has anyone here seen "American Psycho"? Yeah.

confuZion3 Dork
3/3/09 8:43 a.m.

I got parking tickets from the Lo-Po (Loyola College Police) a couple of times for parking in my assigned spots with all my required documentation (a windshield tag the first time and then a sticker on my PLASTIC REAR WINDOW the second time a semester later). Both times, I fought it and both times I won. The second time, I came out of the Student Administrative Services building after discussing the ticket with the administrators and they were having a pie the police thing. Yep. I bought a pie and nailed him right in the pie hole.

poopshovel SuperDork
3/3/09 9:02 a.m.
aussiesmg wrote: Rural living rocks

+1. Look on the bright side; at least the car didn't get towed or booted. Either way, the moral of the story is: Don't go to Boston.

93celicaGT2 HalfDork
3/3/09 9:03 a.m.

My college used to charge $225 a semester for a parking pass for all campus.

I lived off campus.

I recieved 5 tickets at $25 a pop that semester. Because i didn't buy a parking pass.

So who won?

Strizzo Dork
3/3/09 9:26 a.m.

even better. the university of texas will sell as many $60 "C" parking passes that the people want to buy. with no guarantee that there will be a spot available anywhere. so basically people just pay $60 for the privaledge (sp?) to look for a spot.

meanwhile the UT shuttle buses are free and run to every area that students tend to live.

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