I don’t get it. Why do people get so mad about parking tickets? I just listened to a story on KPCC about traffic cops in LA and the rise of assaults against them. They’ve been shot at, beaten, carjacked and the numbers have been rising over the last few years from about 5 reports a year to 45 per year. (The story won’t be posted on KPCC’s website until tomorrow, so I’m doing this from post flossing-while-listening, memory.)
Why are parking tickets the most evil thing in our city? I get tickets from time to time and yes, it can be annoying. But what annoys me is that I was the one who blew it — didn’t put enough money in the meter, parked outside the posted rules, forgot it was street cleaning day, what-have-you. Why blame the traffic cops and the city for your mistake?
Parking rules in this city are not always clear, I know that. Some of the signs can be very confusing (or even hidden by large trees/plants) but I look at the sign decipherage as more of a mental challenge, a puzzle, a way to stave off early-onset-Alzheimers.
Take some personal responsibility and don’t hate on the traffic cops.
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