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TACOMA: Parking fine a deterrent to business

Letter by C. M. Shotwell, Puyallup on Oct. 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm | 18 Comments »
October 19, 2010 5:03 pm

As a resident of Puyallup, I know the value of supporting and shopping at local businesses. I prefer to help our local economy by doing so. I extend this to Tacoma, although I am not there as frequently.

Last week I had the opportunity to visit a locally owned art store near Commerce and Jefferson in Tacoma. I found a parking space on the street and went in. I was in the store less than five minutes, and the store employee mentioned the new parking regulations.

As an infrequent visitor to downtown Tacoma, I was not as aware as I should have been. I ran out of the store intending to comply with the new parking fees and found a yellow ticket on my window: a $25 parking violation. My $5 art paper just cost me $30.00.

I am not excusing the fact that I should have been aware of the new regulations. I did feel that the “parking monitor” must have been lurking in the corner, just waiting for the opportunity to dispense a fine; it was too coincidental. The fine seems excessive for the violation.

Unfortunately, in the future, I will think twice before shopping in Tacoma again.

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