The old part is this: There's a big event downtown -- let's call it a July 4 parade or, wait, I have it! a St. Patrick's Day parade. People drive downtown, park their cars, enjoy the parade, maybe have lunch, shop a bit -- and then after the parade is over ... surely nobody is still surprised by the ending? ....they find $15 tickets on their windshields for parking by expired meters.
You've heard this before, right? Or done it?
Well, here's the new twist, submitted for your approval by Robert Vallone:
I have a question for you to ask the city: Don't they have to feed parking meters?
I went downtown today to see some friends after the parade. I forgot that you have to feed the parking meters on Saturdays. I came outside and noticed many, many, many cars with $15 tickets on them. So now people who came downtown to see the parade and patronize businesses are out another 15 bucks.
You think the city could have taken today off. No matter, I forgot to feed the meter and I will pay my 15 bucks.
BUT as I'm leaving, I see the Parking Enforcement truck parked on Fifth Street at a meter......and it's expired!! So, the city parks for free, gets probably thousands of dollars off of citizens who came out to celebrate something positive in the city and they don't think twice about it. Great way to get people to come downtown. I thought you might like this story. I have attached photos.