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Chronicles of Stupid People, Part X

Wow. I've given up on writing about stupid drivers. Today's story comes to us courtesey of The Rochester Institute of Technology, particularly, the Parking Services department.


I got a parking ticket a few weeks ago from RIT. It was a real stupid thing because (as usual) I didn't violate any parking regulations.

I sent an e-mail to the appeals department:

From: Paul
Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2002 11:29 PM
To: 206ipaa@vmsmail
Subject: Appeal of Parking Ticket

Dear RIT Campus Safety,

I would like to appeal Parking Ticket #....... The parking ticket was issued incorrectly for my parking in a short-term parking spot on the night of October 23rd.

Date: 10/23/02
Officer Unit #95
Location 304
Time: 21:14 (9:14 PM)

From the RIT Campus Safety website:
http://finweb.rit.edu/campussafety/parking.html

* Short-term spaces in these areas are enforced all the time: Gannett loading Student Life Center and Wallace Library Ross Building
* Short-term spaces in all other locations are enforced from 5:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday.

Accoding to the RIT Reporter 9/6/2002 issue:

PARKING AFTER 5:00

For the most part, those who drive to campus can park anywhere after 5:00 p.m. This means that no tickets will be issued for parking in reserved spaces, apartment complex visitor's parking spots, and most short-term parking spots (excluding spaces outside the Gannett Building,

Wallace Library, the Student Life Center, and the Ross Building, which are needed for nighttime vendor deliveries). Places that will remain off-limits are handicap spaces, resident-only apartment complex spaces, the aforementioned short-term spots, and 20-minute spots. On weekends, the entire campus is essentially one big free-for-all-just don't park on the roads. Check out the Parking Pamphlet for further details, and Consult Campus Safety if there are further questions.

Although the RIT Reporter lists short term spots "outside Wallace Library" as being ones that may not be parked in, I was parked in the spots behind the Student Alumni Union, not the spots outside Wallace Library.

I would like for you to overturn this incorrectly issued ticket. If you need further information from me, I may be reached by e-mail at: [redacted]

Thank you for your time and consideration.


I got their response today.

Although these are not grounds for appeal, the fine for this ticket has been waived this time only.

NOT grounds for appeal???? What??? Note to self: Improper application of published rules are not grounds to get a parking ticket overturned? That's just dumb. Wait, no, it's stupid people
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