Katie Strumpf
"Helping kids with cancer.......a cancer survivor's story"  

Improper Parking

I spotted it right away. I felt a hot wave of indignation that had nothing to do with the hot yoga class I had just left, and everything to do with a small, thin slip of paper tucked under my windshield wipers. How had I gotten a parking ticket?! The meters stop at 6 p.m. (love the South!), and I parked at 5:32, and made SURE I had it filled until 6 p.m. I rarely park at the meters, instead parking on a street that the Parking Police failed to install meters on. However, I was running late, and it was closer. 

Genuinely puzzled by this ticket, I plucked it from the wipers and read the following:


Improper Parking

Fine: $10.00




WHAT? I will admit that I am not always the best at parking, and am guilty of the park and dash. You know, just parking quickly and not worrying too much if the car is straight, less than 12 inches from the curb, etc. But this was not the case that time, I carefully parked, as the meter was on busy King Street.

Besides, what is "improper parking", anyway? I have NEVER heard this term in the D.C. metro area, or anywhere else, for that matter. It felt like a Southern slap on the wrist, like wearing white after Labor Day, or using your salad fork for your entree. I was Southern shamed, and apparently, improper, at least when it comes to parking. 

Then I noticed that my car was parked slightly over the front line. According to Southern parking standards, this just would not do!


But, I would hardly call it improper. 



Posted by Katie Strumpf at 10:18 AM on February 9, 2011 | Comments (1)


Take a picture, go to court, and complain! :)

Posted by Jason Yang at 10:18 AM on February 9, 2011

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