I believe you can still report defective parking meters in Minneapolis. How about defective parking cops?
Just before 2:00 today, I got a “parking” ticket on 9th Street in downtown Minneapolis. I was hoping to set an appointment downtown and while driving northbound on 9th I saw a spot open on the street, thinking I was in luck and wouldn’t have to commit to an expensive lot, I pulled in.
I got my laptop in order, sent a text message, and grabbed some quarters for the meter. When I opened the door, there was a traffic officer with a parking ticket.
In turns out that the metered space is dedicated to vehicles making deliveries to buildings in that area during the afternoon. This is something I would have discovered when I went to pay the parking meter, but I didn’t get a chance to do that.
As all of you know, I am a decent guy and this is what a decent guy would have done if the situation had been turned around. I would have walked up to the stopped car, rapped on the window, and said “Hey, Mac. This is a loading zone. You can’t park here.” All would have been good.
I argued my point and I suppose the officer couldn’t put the ticket back into his little gadget, but he made the mistake when he didn’t give me a chance to move. Because he would rather write a ticket than alert me to my mistake, the city wants $42. That’s ridiculous.
I’m fighting it. Who’s with me? My ticket, by the way, lists my offense as parking in a loading zone for more than 30 minutes. I wasn’t there for three. Is that our angle? Or can we report Mr. Parking Officer defective?
- How to avoid parking tickets (myparkingsign.com)
- Parking Tickets in Minneapolis (about.com)
- Fake and unfair parking tickets: when cities cheat citizens (myparkingsign.com)
- Downtown Minneapolis Parking Pay Stations Back Online (minnesota.cbslocal.com)