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TACOMA: Parking ‘vultures’ read meters, not minds

Letter by Molly Kathleen Howard, Tacoma on June 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm | 6 Comments »
June 4, 2012 2:38 pm

Re: “Meter vultures are too eager to ticket” (TNT, 6-4)

On one hand the writer appears to support the need for and fairness of metered parking, but on the other hand presents an unrealistic case of how it should be handled.

How are the “vultures” supposed to know the length of time someone intends to be parked? Why does it matter that there are several open spots nearby? These may fill up quickly; people often treat handicapped spots this way.

If meter “vultures” have a job to do, they are required to do it according to a method. They are not able to watch every spot, read the mind of the driver and keep track of how long the car is unattended. And, without criteria in place for allowing leniency, what arbitrary time should they use?

There is a sense of entitlement in taking an attitude that the rules should be tweaked for some and self-importance in considering that the “vultures” should be aware of one’s intentions.

Where is the evidence that downtown businesses have been negatively impacted by the ticketing of people who feel the rules don’t apply to them?

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