A kiosk curveball

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Last week, I had an appointment and parked at the only space available, but soon discovered that the parking kiosk in that block was broken. When I came out, I had a $20 ticket. Luckily the parking enforcer was still giving tickets and I accompanied her to the kiosk and showed her that it was broken. She wrote down the number and advised me to do the same on the ticket if I planned to fight it.

When asked whether she noticed that it was broken, she told me they never look at the kiosk; they just enter the license number in their apparatus and issue a ticket if no money has been paid. She then told me that I should have used the kiosk in the next block, which was a revelation since there are no signs on the kiosks informing the public that they can use any kiosk. She also told me, “everybody knows that!”

I have since asked several drivers if they are aware of this fact, and all of them said no. I asked that she dispense with giving any more tickets in that block because I felt fairly certain that those drivers were unaware also. I recognize the city needs to make money, but a certain amount of fairness seems warranted.


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