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Dressed In A Little Brief Authority [Oct. 29th, 2009|09:36 am]
Tony Grist
We parked outside the dentist's yesterday afternoon- on double yellow lines. We had our disabled parking permit properly displayed in the front window and were fairly sure this trumped the yellow lines, but just to be absolutely certain we asked the traffic warden who was standing there for his opinion. He burbled something that seemed tantamount to giving us permission. Twenty minutes later we left the dentist's to find we'd been ticketed.

Surely the job of a traffic warden is to stop people parking in prohibited areas, not to lure them into breaking the rules so punishment can be administered? What is it about dressing a person in uniform that turns them into an enemy of the human race?
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[User Picture]From: saare_snowqueen
2009-10-29 10:51 am (UTC)
I hope you plan to file a complaint.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-10-29 11:10 am (UTC)
We have done.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2009-10-29 11:26 am (UTC)
That's just wrong. It's no comfort but it happens here as well. Oh those uniforms.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-10-29 12:27 pm (UTC)
It's the duplicity that really annoys me.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2009-10-29 12:29 pm (UTC)
Yes. That's what got my attention.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-10-29 12:47 pm (UTC)
They do say that Councils regard parking controls as an easy way of raising money.

I don't really object to that- so long as the wardens aren't being pressured into meeting targets- and the system is policed fairly and sensibly.
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2009-10-29 11:33 am (UTC)
Entrapment! I hope you have the warden's number or at least a description of his miserable face!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-10-29 12:48 pm (UTC)
I guess I'd be able to identify him in a line-up.

If the Council don't agree to quash the fine I'm minded to go to the local paper.
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From: (Anonymous)
2009-10-29 06:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, go to the local paper if you don't get this rescinded.
What a jobsworth!
Jenny
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-10-30 10:01 am (UTC)
I grew up believing people in uniform could be trusted- ha!
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[User Picture]From: carl9whalley
2009-10-29 09:47 pm (UTC)
I got a parking ticket in a car park in July on the ticket it said issued at 20:20. I was actually getting a ticket when i attached my bought ticked to my car the ticket said issued at 20:21. I was watching him putting it on he saw me as well. The fine was for £25.00. I objected to the ticket and to no surprise it fell on deaf ears, so the ticket then went to £50.00. My brother then sent a letter for me he's a solicitor fell on deaf ears the ticket was then £75.00. I then threatened them with the paper they asked me for copy of the ticket i emailed them a photocopy. I received a letter it had been quashed. You have to fight these people.I'll help you......
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-10-30 10:03 am (UTC)
Thanks Carl.

Yes, basically they're chancing their arm. They issue all the tickets they possibly can in the hope that most of their victims won't bother to fight.
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