11/05/2013 06:37 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

LA Parking Tickets Are The Worst: 10 Infuriating Pieces Of Proof (As If You Needed Them)


This story comes courtesy of LA Weekly.

By Jessica P. Ogilvie

As residents of Los Angeles, we all have to endure certain indignities. There's the permanent smog belt within 500 feet of all freeways darkening our lungs, the traffic (405/Caltrans haters unite) keeping us from ever getting anywhere on time and the myriad people who somehow enjoy juice cleanses.

But the one thing that really brings us together in our rage is parking tickets. We've all gotten them -- some deserved, some undeserved. Here are 10 of the most egregious tickets any of us have ever received.

10. The Ticket When Only Your Back Fender Is in the Red Zone
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After driving around for 20 minutes, you've finally located a parking spot in a residential neighborhood. You scrutinize the signs. You pull forward as close as you can to the car in front of you. You look and see that only a tiny part of your back fender is overlapping the red curb.

Surely they won't ticket me for that!, you think, optimistically.

You are wrong.

9. The Ticket You Got Because the F*#king Signs Were Unclear
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You seriously thought that you understood the seven signs posted above your parking spot in West Hollywood. You did the advanced calculus required to suss out whether you could park there. It's not between 4 and 6 p.m. It's not a Sunday -- and it's also not a school day. You're good, right?

And yet, somehow, you miscalculated. You didn't see that there was an exception between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. -- and so you parked there right at 2:15 p.m., all but daring them to give you a ticket. Naturally, they complied.

You only realize your miscalculation after the fact -- and then, of course, it seems so sickeningly obvious.

8. The Dreaded Street-Cleaning Ticket
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This is the worst, because you have no one to blame but yourself. And it's only made more painful when the city street cleaner doesn't bother to show up and you get another ticket on the other side of the street the following day.

7. The Mean-Spirited Ticket the Rotten Parking Violations Bureau Won't Forgive
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The Valley woman who parked legally by her home -- and double-checked because there was construction nearby -- only to have the city erect a sign overnight banning parking, and promptly tow her car. The guy who got a ticket the day he and his car were in San Diego and can prove it. The low-income Eastside woman who was warned by a meter maid to move her car by Monday -- and yet the city towed it Sunday. These are all real-life cases, and our blood is boiling just thinking about them.

For the rest of the 10 Infuriating Parking Tickets We've All Gotten, click over to LA Weekly.



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