Street Beat: Ticketmaster’s Triumphant Return!
GEEK EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s been a loooooong time since we posted a Street Beat from our friend Ticketmaster. Too long really.
The Geek has been preoccupied or perhaps obsessed, with all the crazy news surrounding the parking meter lease deal, that pretty much everything else got put on the back burner. Sorry Ticketmaster!
We’re going to make a concerted effort for posting more advice and stories from our favorite PEA in the future.
Ticketmaster is a Parking Enforcement Aide (PEA) for the city of Chicago Dept. of Revenue.
Ticketmaster has been pounding the pavement of the streets of Chicago, and issuing those darn bright orange violations for many years. Ticketmaster very graciously, answers questions from readers and share their knowledge and experience within the parking enforcement system to give our readers insight and information to hopefully avoid tickets altogether.
If a vehicle is parked at a space near United Center where the block has “No parking during stadium events” signs, can the vehicle be ticketed at any time of day on a day of a scheduled event?
What if a vehicle is parked 6-6:30pm while the driver is picking up tickets, and the game starts at 7:30pm? (That was my situation a few times.)
Would that be an illegal situation?
Good question. If a PEA could enforce that sign all day, it would really make
our job easier and maybe even plug the hole in budget. Sadly that is not the case.
The general rule of thumb that Revenue has us enforce 2 hrs before and 2 hrs after the stadium event (good news here is 9 out of 10 times Revenue personnel will be off the street by start time).
Remember, that is Revenue only.
CPD and SERCO operate independently of Revenue and may operate under different rules (although CPD is in more line with us, only because they are busy with their Valet Parking)
Now in your case, the straight forward answer is YES, you are parked illegally and subject to a ticket -n- tow. I know it can be hard to do, but try to get your tickets earlier in the day.
What’s the deal? What’s with these meters with the covers? Why are they
covered? I saw this one on Sheffield near Belmont?
The bag in the photos are usually used in an area that is being used for a special event or for security reasons.
Right after 911, there was a lot of them used in the loop. Sometimes SERCO would use them for their vehicles when they where collecting money from the meters.
PEA Restaurant Review
The Green House, 2700 S. Millard in Lawndale – Doesn’t look like a restaurant, however they have excellent Mexican food. I would encourage you to go onto the 2nd floor as it is a little bit more quiet. A little bit high (on a PEA’s Salary), however nice portions, and a friendly staff.
Story from the Front Lines
During probation, PEA supervisors will always remind you that you are on
probation and that you can be let go at anytime for any reason.
They will frequently recall the story of 5 PEA’s that were terminated right before Christmas. With that kind of fear instilled, as a probationary PEA, you really want to go out and hustle for those tickets.
Well, there was this one PEA (and no, it was not the Ticketmaster), who really wanted to make a good impression, and it was the first time they worked on a Saturday in the loop. They went around and time zoned all the cars displaying the handicap placard. After two hours, they went back and issued citations to any vehicle that was there over the time limit.
Unfortunately, per municipal code, there is no time limit for handicapped drivers with proper placards or license plates.
That PEA ended up ticketing 100 cars that way. Interesting enough, only five complaints came in. The PEA was commended for making a valiant attempt, however they needed to be instructed on the handicap privilege again.
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