Bogus Parking Ticket

Last Friday, I went with friends for dinner at the Spring Rolls Restaurant in Front & Jarvis & then watched New Moon at the Rainbow Theatre. I took the car. I parked the car. I proceeded to the ticket machine, popped in the change at 7:30pm, and bought time until 9:00pm. Dinner, movie and conversation were lovely.

At 11pm, I returned to my car and found a dreaded yellow parking ticket on my windshield. My reaction was most certainly of the WTF!? variety. This was the first time that I’d gotten a totally bogus parking ticket! Apparently parking officer _____ thought I didn’t pay for parking, even though my stub and expiration time were placed visibly enough on my dash. There’s absolutely no reason why someone who is trained in this job shouldn’t have seen my stub, and I’m starting to think that they either don’t care or they’re doing it on purpose.

I looked around hoping to see a parking vulture nearby, but none were to be found. Calling the phone number on the back of the ticket only frustrated me further. So what do I do now?

I have to arrange to appear in court to protest the infraction, but I’m almost inclined to just pay the fine (even though I did nothing wrong) rather than waste time trying to protest my case. Maybe this is what the city is hoping might be the response? None of the four trial locations are particularly close to where I live, and I would have to take off time during working hours to appear in court. There’s a quick $60 for you, City of Toronto.

Is there a parking blitz still in effect? Are the officers getting sloppy, or is there a greater conspiracy to dig up here? I don’t know. All I know is that I’m out $60, illegitimately. I can’t possibly be the only one that has been wrongfully fined, am I?

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