So I got a parking ticket the other night for parking on campus without a permit. It’s a long story, but wrapped up I had been told a month ago by a police officer that if I had a hangtag in the car I wouldn’t get ticketed. I took that information and had been hanging my friend’s tag in the car the 3 hours a week I have dance. Needless to say I wasn’t happy when I got the ticket, and have since appealed it. But what really got me angry was when I called the office the other day to ask why my financial hold had been removed. The man on the phone (who said he was the DIRECTOR) told me that it was because I was appealing and asked why I was appealing. I explained the story to him, calmly and politely, saying that I didn’t feel it was fair because I had been given wrong information. The following is pretty much how the conversation went:
director: Well, you don’t have a permit
me: Yes, but this is what I was told
director: You clearly didn’t get this information online. Wouldn’t you say it was your responsibility to get this information?
me: Like I said, a person, one of your police officers told me this.
director: You can never park anywhere on campus at any time without a permit. I see that you had a warning given to you?
me: Yes, it was on a Sunday, and I thought it was okay to park in a lot on the weekend because that’s been the rule for the last 3 years.
director: You can never park on campus…
me: A friend of mine’s father parked in a lot all weekend and didn’t receive a ticket.
director: It does not matter the system in which we ticket, when we ticket, or how we ticket, you can’t park on campus without a permit. How difficult is that to understand?
(at this point, I’m pretty mad. It only gets worse)
me: Um, okay…
director: You can just buy a parking permit.
me: Here’s the issue I have with that. I was told all summer that I could have a permit for whatever campus I wanted, and then at the end of the summer I was told that I wasn’t allowed to have one for College Ave.
director: Housing told you that, not us.
me: Actually, no. My parents went to a transportation meeting where they were told that I was only allowed on Livingston or Busch.
director: That is correct.
me: Well, I’m not going to pay $175 for a permit for a campus that I don’t have class on.
director: There are buses then.
me: As a female, I’m not very comfortable walking around Douglass at night by myself to a bus.
director: Most of the students feel comfortable so this is the system we have in place.
me: But I don’t.
director: Then you can pay for that privilege.
Needless to say I really despise the transportation department. I’m planning to appeal this ticket, and bring up how I was disrespectfully spoken to on the phone. And what makes it even better, the Targum had and article yesterday on the front cover discussing, that’s right you guessed it…. STUDENT SAFETY AT NIGHT ON CAMPUS, SPECIFICALLY DOUGLASS AND THE LACK OF LIGHTING.