The highlight of my weekend....riiight

April 06,2009
Lindsay Hutton( )
I love living in the city. As a single 20-something-year-old, I don't think there is anywhere I'd rather be than the hustle and bustle of a busy city with lots to do and lots of people. However, there is one constant annoyance that really bugs me. Parking tickets. Or more specifically, the parking ticket guy who stalks my neighborhood several times a day, looking for his next victim. I swear, this guy hides in the trees, tickets in hand, and waits. If a car is in a two hour limit area for a minute too long, an orange ticket appears. Where does he hide? How does he KNOW? It never fails! Well, this past weekend, the parking guy struck again. And unfortunately, he struck me. However, this time he's gone too far. I received a ticket for apparently parking "within 20 feet of an intersection". And see, the thing that's so funny about this is...I live on a one-way street. I'm not kidding. It's a big, long street that loops around in one direction. There is no intersection. You can't even pretend there's an intersection. There isn't even a point where cars drive past each other. So tell me, why in the world am I required to pay a hefty $40 fine for something that doesn't even exist? Is this a sign of the economic times? The parking ticket guy is now making up tickets as a way to squeeze every last dime out of me? Needless to say, I'm appealing that ticket. And the parking ticket guy has officially earned a spot on my Least Favorite People list. Grrrrr.