Many of you know that I am going to grad school to become a nurse practitioner. Well, now you all know. Anyway, when I started classes last August, I got my parking permit sticker and put it on our van. I followed all the rules of the college, parking only where I was supposed to.
In January I got a car in addition to the van that I drove last fall. I drove the car to school the whole time I had a temporary tag, but never got a ticket. I decided that I would wait to get a sticker for my car until I got a real license plate. The day came in February when my plate came, and I drove to school that Thursday. I parked in my normal lot, went to the student affairs office and obtained a sticker for my car. Then I went to class.
When class was over I walked back to my car only to discover that I had received a ticket for $25: $10 for not having a sticker, and $15 for not parking in the right place (since I didn’t have a sticker). I appealed the ticket, since it was obviously a one-time occurrence, my first offense of any kind, and I HAD a sticker that I had just obtained that day (and the sticker was placed on the car that same day). I asked them to reconsider the ticket.
Fast forward two months. Here we are in April, and since I had not received any notice, I was starting to assume that they had approved my appeal. Today I got an e-mail that said my appeal was denied, and I need to pay the ticket in the next ten days.
Needless to say, I’m not happy with their lack of mercy. I will pay this, but I am sorely tempted to walk in there with 12.5 pounds of pennies (in 50 rolls or all separate). I won’t do that, but this ticket just shows how petty some people can be. Any suggestions?
Lesson learned: don’t cross the sentinels of law and order at the University of Indianapolis.