Man, do I have a story for YOU guys...
So today, I was told that I needed to move my car. I went out to the parking lot where my car was, and I noticed there was a parking ticket on my hood. Yay. The ticket cost 50 dollars-- 25 for having an expired parking sticker on my hood, and 25 for being parked in a "marked" fire zone.
So I replaced my sticker and fixed that issue. Aside from the fact that I don't remember receiving any notification about replacing my sticker whatsoever, I'll assume responsibility for the violation.
However, the fire zone issue is where the s**t hits the fan. When I parked in the spot, it was nighttime, so my vision was already limited to begin with. But on top of that, not only were the lines marking the fire zone nearly completely faded away, but the street light at that spot was non-functional. There is a fire hydrant right by the fire zone that I parked in, but I backed into the space rather than driving in forwards, making the hydrant less visible. So naturally, I didn't notice that I was parked in a non-parking zone.
So I went to the office for Campus Security and spoke to the head of that department. To put it simply, the guy was a ******** a*****e. I walked into his office calm, content, and willing to talk about the issue. He was extremely rude toned and yelled at me almost immediately before I even spoke. He referred to me as being "rude and inconsiderate", and said that there was "absolutely no excuse for what I did." I tried to assure him that the lines of the parking lot were faded and that I couldn't see them, but he didn't want to hear anything I had to say. At this point, I started getting infuriated with him to the point where my hands were shaking. I told him that I didn't like the rude tone he was speaking in. He told me if I wanted to explain my side of things I would need to write an appeal letter, which I just finished tonight. I plan on hand-delivering it to him tomorrow, along with the 25 dollars for the parking sticker. The letter is detailed and includes day and night pictures of said fire zone, the poor conditions of the parking lot, and the non-functional light post.
Honestly, there is absolutely NO reason why I should even have to be doing all this. To me, writing out that appeal letter and taking pictures of the damn parking lot is equivalent to toilet-training a 15-year old. Campus Safety should be responsible for making sure their ******** light posts are fully functional and that their parking lot spaces are clearly marked, NOT US STUDENTS!!!
Anyway, that was my day.
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