To Parking Services of Los Angeles:
Time and time again, I find myself writing letters to you good people urging you to stop the corruption and ineptitude within the municipal parking enforcement.
If tax paying citizens are paying for anything, aren’t we paying for fair treatment and justice? If we cannot trust our own local government, how can we be expected to take seriously anything that the American judicial and political systems preach as our basic freedom and rights?
While I am all too familiar with the cruel realities of parking in Los Angeles, I still find myself shocked at the behavior of immoral city workers who subject drivers to their mood swings and believe they have the right to obstruct justice, simply because they must fill a quota.
When is this madness going to stop?
At approximately 10:30 am on October 19th on Yucca St., I parked at a failed matter. I knew this, because it was flashing “failed” over and over again. Being a person who speaks and reads english fluently, I deduced this to mean it was a failed meter.
As a resident of the City of Angels, I know that parking at a failed meter is not a crime. I have never seen it on a yellow citation sheet, nor does it does it appear on any transportation website.
So, I leave for an hour, with confidence that I have not broken the law and that I am a good citizen. When I return, I discover a yellow citation on my windshield.
My first instinct is to run to the meter, which now, has been miraculously fixed. Instead of seeing “failed,” the word, “expired” flashes over and over again, taunting me. I am charged with a $40 meter violation for parking at an expired meter.
But I do not believe in miracles. God did not suddenly decide to fix the meter after it had failed, failed, failed… I know the truth. The only people who repair the meteres are their keepers: parking enforcement.
Obviously, [citation officer name] saw an easy opportunity to help fill his quota and unjustly ticket an innocent victim (me). He fixed the meter, and promptly issued a citation, because the owner of the vehicle (me) was obviously not present to insert money into the meter.
This kind of behavior is unacceptable and fraudulent. Frankly, it must be stopped. As citizens, we all need to follow certain rules of conduct. Just because you have a modicum of power does not mean you should abuse that power by wrongly issuing tickets for your own personal benefit.
$40 may not be a lot of money to you, but it is too much to be throwing away to pay for a crime that never occurred, and I am not willing to part with it simply because a corrupt meter maid was having a “bad day.”
My advice to the parking services is this: Keep track of failed meters electronically, so you stop charging innocent drivers like myself. More importantly, I urge you to reprimand and remove those parking enforcers who dishonestly issue citations. It is their job to maintain order and justice, not create chaos and venality within an already flawed system.
Thank you for your time,
[verdict: Parking Ticket was dismissed :)]