parking tickets

i joined the Y a couple weeks ago, and it has been fantastic!!! anyways, ever since i joined i had been parking on either John R. (to the south) or Farmer (to the west)… for 10 straight days i succeeded in not getting a parking ticket, even though a few others around me had… however, earlier this week i got nailed… bummer…

i ran into a friend of mine while working out yesterday and i told him about my parking ticket… he told me that if i read the small print on the back of the ticket, it says that i would owe $10 less if i pay within the first 10 days… he went on to say that it was a rip off, but that he found a way to beat the system… he said that as of last night he has like $300 worth of parking tickets but that it doesn’t bother him because every year they do an amnesty type of thing where they send you a letter and then tell you that it’ll be fine if you just pay half of what you owe!!! in light of that, he’s just gonna wait until he gets the letter and save money that way… this morning, i came in and talked to a co-worker and he said he does the same thing…

it’s weird… first, the city tries to rip you off, but then they just rip themselves off later…

11 Comments so far

  1. Jeppy (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 12:21 pm

    Tickets – the hidden cost of driving.

    I swear, my dream is to live in a place where I can safely ride a bicycle to/from work (or at the least… a Vespa).


  2. Pedropus (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 6:23 pm

    I saw a booted car today over on MLK. That dude is going to have a long wait for amnesty.

    When I need to go downtown I just park on Lafayette or Larned across from 275. It’s not a long walk and it’s allowed. Not only will you save $$$ on tickets, do that walk every day and you won’t need a gym membership.


  3. RoryW (unregistered) on January 11th, 2006 @ 9:18 pm

    Jeppy-Your dream is achievable…just not in Detroit! You gotta move a bit more west to Wisconsin or Iowa.


  4. Jeppy (unregistered) on January 12th, 2006 @ 4:28 am

    Maybe I should just move to Indiana and become Amish…

    Jewish-Amish…


  5. max (unregistered) on January 12th, 2006 @ 12:56 pm

    so if i understand correctly: you are all knowingly parked illegally then looking for ways to get out of paying for the crime you’ve admited to commiting…? how about you just pay the tickets and hope the money goes toward something positive in this wasteland and hope it doesn’t just get burgled and/or mis-used? on the few occasions that i have gotten tickets (that were justified) that’s what i did…but that’s me.


  6. baliad (unregistered) on January 12th, 2006 @ 1:38 pm

    sheesh, and people say i’m uptight…

    max: you didn’t understand correctly… first off, the streets where i was parking didn’t have the meters up, so people were parking there because the meters weren’t up yet… secondly, i did pay my parking ticket… the people who told me about this amnesty thing were other detroit residents…


  7. max (unregistered) on January 12th, 2006 @ 4:02 pm

    i was sure i was missing something in your post because from the feel i get from this site is that you’re too “pro-city” to add to the fleecing of it but mostly i was making a generalized statement about the natural response of the average citizen (of every town) to just ignore the “little crimes” and assume no one will catch up with them. sorry for the misunderstanding. and remember: don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time, right? oh, wait, didn’t he do a crime but then not do the time? Barretta, that is…


  8. tomo (unregistered) on January 12th, 2006 @ 4:05 pm

    Jeppy, no need to go to Wisconsin to be able to ride a bike safely to work (why would you go to Wisconsin or Iowa?!). Just need to choose to live near where you work. Many of my coworkers in Ann Arbor bike to work although the number goes down during the winter. There’s no inherent reason someone who worked in Detroit couldn’t live near downtown and then bike to the office.


  9. KNO (unregistered) on January 18th, 2006 @ 6:22 am

    So then when is Amesty International week? Thanks!


  10. Mo (unregistered) on February 9th, 2006 @ 3:03 pm

    So again when are they going to pass the amesty week I would really like to know Baliad


  11. baliad (unregistered) on February 10th, 2006 @ 10:20 am

    well, this isn’t something that i practice, so i don’t really know… from what my friends said, you should end up getting some sort of notice in the mail… however, here’s a link to the city’s website that talks about parking ticket amnesty:

    http://www.ci.detroit.mi.us/ccsd/Releases/04%20Releases/Parking%20Amnesty%20Program.htm

    all in all, i’d suggest you pay your tickets within the first 10 days… accept your culpability!



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