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You Can Be Ticketed for Feeding a Parking Meter After the Time Limit: How Many People Really Know?
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During the Writers Strike, I was a Picket Team Captain at CBS Television City in Hollywood located at Beverly Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. Depending upon parking regulations and street sweeping days, it was necessary to park at meters during a portion of our picketing activity. So, on certain days I fed quarters into a meter until it was safe to move into a free parking zone nearby. Never had a problem. And neither did anyone else.
Then, just at the end of the strike, a meter maid ticketed one of my colleagues, even with time left on the meter. We all protested, but she insisted that, since the sign said one hour parking, our friend was in violation and she proceeded to hand her a ticket. I took down her name and informed this bureaucratic horror that the “one hour” or “two hour” signs indicated how long the meter might last and was designed to discourage long term parking, especially for people who didn’t want to have to keep running back to put in their coins. Source