Who is giving you that parking ticket, really?
Yes, the parking enforcement officer is the one who writes it and puts it on your windshield, but they are just doing their job. The law was made by someone else; by someone we elected, not the person issuing the ticket.
Sitting at a coffee house the other day I witnessed the exchange of a person who had “only parked there for a minute!” (Actually it was more like 10 minutes.)
When he came out and saw he had gotten a ticket, his Little Brain kicked in and he began to argue with the parking enforcement officer. She stood and let him have his say before pointing out that it was not a legal parking spot and that he was parked next to a fire hydrant.
“I was right here. I would have moved if there were a fire!” He replied.
She calmly explained that she did not have a choice in the matter.
The officer was right. She stayed in Big Brain the whole time.
Sometimes we think the Meter Maid (or Meter Dude, as the case may be) is out to get us. And when they do, that we have a right to blame them for doing their job. After all, “I was just ___(fill in the blank)___!”
With parking tickets getting more expensive and cities looking to them as an income generator, we should all get really good at reading the No Parking signs.
When you do encounter a parking enforcement person placing a ticket on your windshield, remember to stay in Big Brain. Don’t take it personally, because it isn’t personal but doing so is a Little Brain Trap. It’s a job that pays the rent and puts kids through school, just like the rest of us.
© 2012 Kevin T. McCarney. All rights reserved.
(for more on this topic, see page 126 in the book)
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