Iffy Ticket: Meter Maid Bends Time To Issue Parking Citation

Forgot malevolent spiders in parking meters or other acts of God, parking in SF is a USDA Grade A large-scale bitch even on a good day. Just because you’ve finally found a place to park your vehicle doesn’t mean it’s safe from unneeded fines. As the Ex reports, one potentially overzealous meter maid attempted to bend time and space, issuing a $62 ticket that by all evidence is erroneous.

Forest Hill resident Beth Chen was just starting her day after getting her car cleaned in Daly City. A receipt for Westlake Touchless Car Wash on 87th St. was issued for 9:24am. After the twenty minute car wash, she drove about ten to fifteen minutes into the city, arriving at the Stonestown YMCA around 10:29am. At least, that’s when her membership card logged her entering the Y. Yet somehow when Chen returned to her vehicle, she had a ticket for staying past the two hour parking limit. The problem? The ticket had been issued at noon. Though the citation said Chen had been at the spot since 9:36am, Chen’s receipts say otherwise.

Chen has formally contested the ticket. She says another woman was faced with a similar incident that very day. “I don’t know if it was because it was the end of the month and they needed to meet some quota, but this is just flat out wrong,” says Chen.

SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose has a theory to this madness. He thinks Chen’s car may have picked up marking chalk meant for another vehicle that was parked there previously. Rose also notes that the parking control officer in question has no history of complaints.

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  • mailorders

    A friend of mine got a citation for an expired meter on Union Street. Fortunately people outside the café noticed MTA issuing the ticket even though the red flag hadn’t popped up. They photographed the event, she contested it, and won.

  • mailorders

    A friend of mine got a citation for an expired meter on Union Street. Fortunately people outside the café noticed MTA issuing the ticket even though the red flag hadn’t popped up. They photographed the event, she contested it, and won.

  • Does Mr. Rose have to make excuses for everything? Sometimes “I don’t
    know.” works best. Picking up marking chalk? I would like to see him
    demonstrate that in court.

  • Does Mr. Rose have to make excuses for everything? Sometimes “I don’t
    know.” works best. Picking up marking chalk? I would like to see him
    demonstrate that in court.

  • Pontifikate

    Chalk marks — very scientific! I often wondered if I moved my car and parked on the same side of the street whether my chalk marks would be counted against me. Put the meter enforcers out in the street ticketing distracted drivers or people going through red lights. Then, when we have all the dangerous drivers off the street, focus on sitting ducks (parkers).

  • Pontifikate

    Chalk marks — very scientific! I often wondered if I moved my car and parked on the same side of the street whether my chalk marks would be counted against me. Put the meter enforcers out in the street ticketing distracted drivers or people going through red lights. Then, when we have all the dangerous drivers off the street, focus on sitting ducks (parkers).

  • Grats, Paul Rose. Your credibility just dropped like a sleeping Muni employee in an SFMTA pickup truck. Perhaps you picked up some DDT, meant for some other bullshit shaman hack.
    It could have been an honest mistake…right? But….
    Seriously? Another’s chalk? Really?

  • Grats, Paul Rose. Your credibility just dropped like a sleeping Muni employee in an SFMTA pickup truck. Perhaps you picked up some DDT, meant for some other bullshit shaman hack.
    It could have been an honest mistake…right? But….
    Seriously? Another’s chalk? Really?

  • Vote NO ON V

    Twice I’ve been the victim of illegal shady SFMTA meter people.

    Once The meter guy saw me waiting in a yellow zone. He waived at me and said it was ok to stay and wait. Then he snuck up behind my car and started writing a ticket. He only stopped when I said I knew his boss.

    The other time a meter maid was directing traffic. I crept along the right lane to make a right on Market at Valencia. She started screaming at me to back up for no other reason than a control thing. I said I couldn’t back up without hitting a car, so I took off. Since meter maids can’t give moving violations she lied and said I was blocking a crosswalk which I wasn’t.

    I filed a complaint. Always file a written complaint, it goes in their record.