Guest opinion: Menlo Park visitor sees red over parking ticket
Original post made on Sep 25, 2007
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on Sep 25, 2007 at 3:00 pm
You'll be back, Jim.
P.S. Fergie doesn't care.
on Sep 25, 2007 at 3:26 pm
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...
on Sep 25, 2007 at 4:12 pm
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.