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Talk about insult to injury…on steroids.
DNA Info reports a car in Lincoln Park had all four tires stolen overnight–right in front of where the owner lived in the 1100 block of West Montana St.
But it was street cleaning day on the side of the street where the car was parked. Fearing a $60 street cleaning ticket, the owners asked the officer who filed the police report on the incident what they should do?
The helpful officer said to leave a note on the dashboard explaining the situation and citing the police report. Of course, a prudent and compassionate ticket writer would take mercy on the vehicle owner with the car up on blocks and forget about writing a ticket–correct?
Luckily, this is just an elaborate (and hilarous) prank.
Jeremy Scheuch posted a photo to Twitter of a vehicle parked in West Town on Chicago Avenue, covered completely in bright orange Chicago parking tickets.
Perhaps its an unintentional metaphor for how Chicago drivers feel about a parking enforcement system that’s not always rational or necessarily fair.
Under the mayor’s plan, the city would drop any penalty and interest accrued for any tickets issued before 2012. In other words, tickets would revert back to the original face value of the fine during a six-week period from November 1st through December 15th.
As reported by The Expired Meter, scofflaws owe the City of Chicago over $1.5 billion in unpaid parking, red light and speed camera violations.
The mayor also announced the city will rollout a new way for motorists to enter into a payment plan online even before penalty and fines kick in, which will help drivers avoid the financial pain when unpaid tickets double after a prescribed time.
Recently installed parking meters on 47th Street in Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood have some residents up in arms according to DNA Info.
The newly metered spaces went live last week outside of an unemployment office on 47th. Last Friday, parking enforcement caught some unwary scofflaws by surprise by issuing that street’s very first expired meter tickets.
This, according to DNA Info, angered many of the unemployed who drove to the unemployment office.
CBS 2 is reporting that drivers receiving speed camera tickets and updating data for new city stickers is helping the City of Chicago locate vehicle owners with old, unpaid parking tickets.
Really old tickets–some 20 years or older.
CBS 2′s Dave Savini reports on the plight of one woman who says the city has never contacted her on alleged parking tickets from 1994–even though she’s been at the same address for years and the information on her driver’s license and vehicle registration is current.
He parked his car, paid the meter via the ParkChicago app–and even spoke to a parking enforcement aide before he went to eat.
But when DNA Info columnist Mark Konkol came back to his car, and despite having 45 minutes of time left, he found an expired meter ticket on his windshield.
The ticket inspired Konkol to see if he can find out how many “bogus” tickets are written by ticket writers.
I walked out of a parking ticket hearing today, smiling gleefully while firmly gripping the paperwork dismissing the ticket I received for parking in a residential permit parking zone back in May. It’s a happiness that needs to be shared by showing other drivers the best way to avoid and/or beat these tickets.
Residential permit parking zones restrict drivers from parking on a great percentage of Chicago streets.
The original concept for the restrictions was to make sure residents living near hospitals, CTA or Metra train stops or schools, were able to park in front or near of their homes without having to compete for spaces with visitors.
But the number of RPP zones have exploded over the past twenty years making it more difficult every year for motorists to find free parking on residential streets.
But parking tickets for RPP violations are pretty easy to avoid and not very hard to beat if you get one.
What do they have in common?
There’s no statute of limitations–at least not in Chicago.
Kass points this out while spotlighting a retiree who recently received a collection notice in the mail for a $35 parking ticket from 1994.
WGN TV focused their news cameras on Chicago’s parking debt crisis Tuesday, a story The Expired Meter broke several months ago.
Drivers owe the City of Chicago over $1.3 billion in unpaid parking tickets. When you add over $250 million in unpaid red light camera and speed camera tickets the totals top off at over $1.5 billion.
The worse news is that debt has been growing on average of $1 million a week since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office.
Getting a parking ticket sucks.
It really does.
But here’s some advice after you get a ticket–don’t attack the person writing the ticket.
One Chicago driver, enraged when he got a parking ticket for parking in a 24 hour no parking zone, crumpled up the ticket, told the police officers writing the ticket to “F— you, I’ll f— you up,” and then shoved one cop in the chest sending him falling into the street according to DNA Info.