Let me first admit… I was guilty!
At 5:54 pm last night, I pulled up in front of the Shepherdstown Sweet Shop, which is “kind of” across the street from the Shepherdstown Library. I did not actually realize it was not yet 6pm (the time paid parking at meters ends) but figured it was too close to worry about.
We all went in and started our search for great books to take out. Before leaving we had an opportunity to talk with the Head Librarian and hear about the wonderful plans for the new Library near the Clarion Hotel. This was especially exciting since we are going to start some form of Home Schooling next year and will really rely on the local Library. We also heard all about the current Library and because of how old it is it simply is not realistic to attempt to modify the current structure.
The kids and I walked out and as we headed over to the car we happened to notice a red parking ticket on the front window. As I approached the car I was somewhat confused since we parked so close to 6pm that I could not imagine how a parking person could have gotten to my car so quickly. The time on the ticket was 5:55PM. No question, who ever ticketed my car watched me pull in and as soon as I was in the Library, they pounced on the opportunity to ticket me, to get that last ticket in before the close of the day, to improve on their daily haul.
I did not even know about the spaces. But I certainly do now.
I went to the City Town Hall this morning and visited the Police Department where I painfully paid the $10 fee for my 5 minutes of illegal parking last night. Or was it 6 minutes. Oh well, it could have been much worse if I did the same thing in Washington DC where the penalty would be 10 times that. I was told that I could speak to the Judge and that if I lost I would still only pay the $10.
I decided, since I did not have a pic of the Judge for this blog that that would be silly.
Lesson to all of you who want to go to our great Library in the middle of Shepherdstown, park in the designated spots or make sure you always fill those meters, even if you only have 5-6 minutes left until the end of the day.
SHEPHERDSTOWN PARKING METER POLICE IS WATCHING!!!!!
Oh, and it was raining too.
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