All Because I’m a Bloody Genius


January 11, 2010 by Marj Hatzell

Yesterday I went to, SURPRISE!  Tarzhay.  Did the usual weekly shopping, except this time I did it on a Sunday.  I figured, it’s cold!  Bugaboo needs an outing!  I can go get the scripts, paper products and socks.  It’ll chew up some time, right?

So off we went. I parked in the usual place I park with Bugaboo.  Handicapped parking. We have a real, legal placard.  He qualifies for one and is perfectly entitled to it. I never, EVER park there without him, even with the placard. Hello!  I’m a special ed teacher!  We don’t park there unless we have to!  I don’t even use the handicapped stall in public restrooms, unless he is with me and we NEED to.

Into the store we went.  Except.  The placard must have fallen down.  Or I didn’t put it up right. Or something. Because I returned to my car, pulled away, got home.

And noticed a flash of orange on the windshield.  Oh bugger, not another freaking weight loss flyer!  EGADS!

Nope.  A ticket. A parking ticket. For parking in handicapped parking. With no visible placard. WHISKEY, TANGO, FOXTROT???

I looked down. The placard was hanging on the gear shift.  Clearly visible if a cop looked in my window. My guess is, he didn’t. He just noticed I was in a blue spot, wrote the ticket, put it on my windshield and walked away.

The best part?  I could fight it.  But the court costs are about $30-$40 dollars. For a $20 ticket.  So, guess what I’ll be remembering to put on the rearview mirror for now on when Bugaboo is with me?

No Goodwill trip for me this week. Boo.

7 thoughts on “All Because I’m a Bloody Genius

  1. MemeGRL says:

    If you win, court costs are covered. At least they are in Philly, where my beloved fought the ticket law and actually won. Yes, he’s that good. And that morally outraged. He pays tickets he owes, and one look at that and the court gave him a gimme. Clean livin’.

  2. HG says:

    Nothing to do with the new post, but I love the new look.

  3. Joe says:

    Just take the ticket and your placard to the police station, they should withdraw it. It happens a lot.

  4. lora says:

    $20 isn’t bad! My neighbors have a handicapped spot in front of their house, and they put the poles up on the day that we were parked half in front of their house. So, the tail end of our car was in the spot that was created while our car was parked there.
    I came home from work to a $400 ticket.
    Bullshit! But there was no fighting it.

    Funny thing is, the handicapped person who the spot was for? Lives in NJ and has Cerebral Palsy so bad that he can’t even get into a car, let a lone drive. He hasn’t been in that house for 5 years. His sister has a placard that expired in 2006, and she uses the spot for her own convenience.


  5. Karen says:

    Suckage. Figures! But I guess that gives me hope that some of the potential asshats I see parked in handicapped spots without placards just forgot to put them up and are not selfish asshats after all.

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