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How to Better Avoid Getting Parking Tickets

Jeevan Sivasubramaniam Posted by Jeevan Sivasubramaniam, Managing Director, Editorial, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.

How to Better Avoid Getting Parking Tickets

Next time you get a parking ticket, make a few color copies (duplicating as closely as possible the actual color of the ticket) of the document and keep them in your glove compartment. (Make sure to use paper stock that is similar in heft and cut the copies to the same size as the original.)

Whenever you need to park illegally for a brief while, take out one of these copies and stick it on your windshield. Any parking meter monitors passing by will notice that you already have a ticket, and even if they pass by and look closely, they will see the basic lettering and tell-tale symbols on the paper and figure they must have forgotten they already gave you a ticket. Average citizens wanting to make a fuss will see that you already have a ticket and so feel that smug satisfaction.

Of course, this only works if you are parking momentarily in an area. After several hours, it's bound to be noticed.