April 20, 2010

Random Commuter Observation

Yesterday I got a ticket for parking in a reserved slot at the West Falls Church metro without displaying a reserved tag.

It isn't that I don't have one, I just forgot to hang it up on my mirror before wandering off to the trains.

50 bucks. Poof!

You know, I've been parking at that metro stop for better than fifteen years now. I've had a reserved slot for better than six. Every now and again I forget to hang my tag, or (they're issued monthly) I use an expired one because I've forgotten to bring along the new one.

Never in all that time have I been ticketed for these infractions. Not once. Until now.

Ladies and Gentlemen, they told me that if McCain got elected we would find ourselves living in a police state, and they were right!

Posted by Robert at April 20, 2010 07:51 AM | TrackBack

In a reasonable world, you would contact the police, give 'em your permit number, and the ticket would be canceled.

However, they've probably written the regulation so that it's a $50 fine if you fail to display the proper permit (possessing a permit having nothing to do with it).

Repeat after me:
1. It's ALL about the revenue.
2. When they say it's not about the revenue, see #1.

Posted by: Old Grouch at April 21, 2010 08:05 PM
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