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.