My car never ran well, but it did its job. It was parked on a side street in Tacoma’s Proctor District. First it was broken into, ransacked and the gas siphoned. Next it was broken into by someone enterprising enough to pop the hood and steal the battery from my now-immobile car.
A few weeks later, a license plate was stolen. I called the police. I got a case number and was told to take the front plate off, too. I did.
My car was tagged on Dec. 29 for missing license plates and being parked without moving for too long, and ticketed for $257. Where were the police before?
I called to remind them the car couldn’t move and the plates were stolen. Eventually, an officer called back and said there’s no record of me reporting the stolen license plate. I offered him the case number, and he said to have that number when I go to court to resolve this.
Someone has stolen from me so many times that I can no longer rectify the situation. Now it is me, the owner of this much-victimized car, who is being fined and penalized by the Tacoma Police Department. “Protect and serve”? Who, exactly?