Posted: June 27, 2014
I have parked in the same location in front of my downtown office for the past 20 years. It is a space that is just inside the white line that indicates a space dedicated for handicapped drivers. Two weeks ago, I was shocked to see a ticket on my vehicle for having parked in a handicapped parking zone.
I drove around downtown searching for the police parking attendant. Although I was not able to flag down the parking attendant, I did ask an Eau Claire police officer about the procedure to contest a parking ticket. I was told to call the toll-free number on the back of the parking ticket and file a protest.
After waiting on hold for about 15 minutes, I elected to leave a voice message with my ticket number and license plate vehicle number in hopes that someone would call me back so that I could file a formal protest. After a few days with no response, I called again and left a message. As of now, I still have not received a phone call back so I can file the proper paperwork contesting the $50 ticket. By now, the cost of the ticket has likely increased to $60 and will continue to escalate despite my attempts to file a complaint.
It is apparent that the police department parking attendant misread the signage indicating the space reserved for handicapped vehicles. So I have been taking pictures with my cell phone showing the vehicles that are parked properly in the handicapped zone so I have evidence to back up my claim contesting the ticket.
I have always paid any previous parking tickets without any hesitation. And I am appalled when people without a handicapped parking tag park in a handicapped area. So while I anxiously await my day in court to protest my ticket, I am open to any suggestions anyone may have so I can resolve the issue.
RANDOM THOUGHT: Amerca's weakest malls are scrambling to fill tenant space being vacated across the country by the closure of J.C.Penney and Sears stores. Nearly half of the 1,050 indoor and open air malls in the nation have both of the struggling retailers as anchor tenants. Although I was assume that Oakwood Mall is safe for the time being, it is worth noting that the once-reliable anchors are closing outlets as the Internet continues to steal mall traffic.
THERE WILL BE NO ISSUE OF THE BOTTOM LINE NEXT FRIDAY, JULY 4th DUE TO THE FOURTH OF JULY HOLIDAY. HAVE A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE HOLIDAY WEEK.