Alrighty then, let’s discuss that miserable parking ticket that I mentioned a few posts ago.
The scene: AC pulls off the busy main street of Niagara on the Lake and sees an empty space. He pulls up to it, and over the top of the van in front, he sees a parking sign: P surrounded by green — green as in it’s okay to park here. So, I did. You can see the car and the sign, below.
What I couldn’t see at the time from the drivers side was that there was fine print. Here is what it said.
That’s right, I missed it. I don’t know why it never occurred to two otherwise, law-abiding, semi-bright people to not run up to the sign with their magnifying glasses. But they didn’t.
The sign says to put money in the meter. Please go back to the top picture. Do you see a meter? I sure don’t see a meter.
So, my penalty for not taking my lawyer along to read the fine print and for not seeing an invisible meter is to pay the poor town of Niagara on the Lake $25 for two hours of parking.
Poor. Are you kidding? You’ve seen some of the shops and restaurants in previous photos. Here’s a private residence right on main street. Poor. Pfft!
Dear Niagara on the Lake:
You are a nice, little town, but this seems like a miserable, money-grubbing sort of trap designed to subsidize your revenue on the backs of well-intentioned tourists. It should be made easy, as in plain sight, to obey the law and not be made difficult by fine print and hidden meters. I guarantee you that I am a pretty doggone, law-abiding sort of guy. So this really rankles. Not that you care, I suppose.