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on Sep 25, 2007
You'll be back, Jim.
P.S. Fergie doesn't care.
Are you kidding Jimmy?? This is what I read...
I'm a big important businessman. I parked in a 2 hour parking lot. Because it was 50.34% full, I chose to ignore the 2 hour limit. When I came back, a full 11 minutes later, I received a ticket! How dare you and Menlo Park. I can decide that the 2 hour limit is not necessary when there is a good 49.66% space available! Wah wah! The rules don't make sense to me and I can't rationalize them, so I want you to make an exception for me! Wah wah!
Look, it sucks, yes, but I believe that the ticket is valid and right. Rules are rules. I thought you *would* like to know that the Menlo Park city manager makes $200k + per year. More than the Governor!! $200,000.00 - $37.00 = $199,963.00 left...
I have to say that this is one of the dumbest Guest Opinions the Almanac has published, and that is saying something.
If the visitor had complained that he didn't see a sign, or that he parked next to a sign that indicated a 3-hour limit and didn't realize it didn't apply to him, he might have presented a better case. As it is, he cannot pretend ignorance of the rules--he goes out of his way to point out that he clarified the time limits. But evidently he's arrogant enough to believe that the limits shouldn't apply to him, even though he knew that a parking officer was recording licenses and ticketing cars.
Though I understand that he's trying to impress us with his wealth (it's not the money, it's the principle) I note that he attends business lunches at Stacks and has to hop across the street to check the Internet. If he were hosting lunches at Left Bank and consulting his iPhone, we might have cause for fretting about losing his business, but I'd say he's pretty small time, and obnoxious to boot. No loss to Menlo Park if he stays away.
I agree with the comments that Jim should not expect the rules to changed for him alone. If there is a 2 hour limit then there is a 2 hour limit. the ticket could have been avoided by simply moving his car, or possibly parking at kinkos...
I am also at a loss as to how he will get his money back by not returning to menlo??? It doesn't give him money back, it just would go to others.
The irony is that comments from people like "aghast" are the true problem with menlo (aside from traffic). The mentality that meeting at stacks vs. left bank, and checking the internet at kinkos vs. an iphone means you are not important is appaling. I bet "aghast" is the type of person that doesn't say thanks when someone holds the door open for them (too important). I moved from menlo 7 years ago after living there my entire life. It had nothing to do with property values, it had to do with traffic, and the increasing number of people that I met that thought money made them special... it doesn't.
I have money, I just don't like to flaunt it, and surely don't think it makes someone more valuable than another.
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AaA, your lack of a sense of humor probably didn't help either. Aghast's comment was clearly meant to poke fun at those stereotypes.
Don't forget that some (maybe a good amount) of the LeftBankerIPhoners are faking it.
Ever see the show, "Keeping Up with Appearances?"
you know, every one of you in this thread tried to take this holier than thou position yet all of you make derogatory comments looking down from your perch...menlo park people are all material, the mayor is this and that, the city manager payroll...just take a moment and try to write without foaming at the mouth. you waste all of our time and just spread your anger like a virus.
The real issue here is that rules need to be enforced firmly and fairly at all times. If you let someone park for 3 hours instead of 2 several times because the lot is only half full, then let him slide when the lot is 65% full and 75% full, but write him a ticket when the lot is 80% full, he will complain. He will say that he has been parking there for 3 hours over and over and never got a ticket, so is isn't fair to start now. He would be right. The only clear, consistent and defensible position is to enforce the rules all the time, regardless of how many empty spaces there are.
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