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I hate the Chicago police...times 3Rants
So I'm going downtown Saturday night, and staying overnight. I decide to look at parking in a parking garage since the car I'm driving is new and it's snowing and I don't want snow and salt messing it up. But the parking garage costs $25 for anything over 10 hours, and it's definitely gonna be over 10 hours, so I opt instead to go for some street parking. The spot we find is about a foot off a fire hydrant, but we figure it's a small dead-end street and the spot's in the far corner, so it should be ok.

Read on for the rest of the story.



Sunday morning we go to check on the car at 11am and it's gone. Ok, that was the risk of parking there. Shitty of course, but whatever. So I get my car later in the day from Chicago's auto pound and find a ticket on it, because of course the $160 towing charge wasn't enough - they had to fine me some more. The ticket is for parking by a hydrant, and carries a $100 fine. Things go from shitty to extra shitty. However, I then realize there's actually 2 tickets, given within 20 minutes of each other (at 10 and 10:20am), both with the $100 fine! So $360 total for parking there. That's bullshit on a stick. Of course now I'm kicking myself for not taking the parking garage option, not trying to move the car later Saturday night, and not waking up and checking on the car sooner on Sunday.

The Chicago Police department blows goats. Next time maybe the $25 parking garage won't seem so bad. Douchebags.

Update (12/20/05): I paid one ticket and contested the other - called a couple of weeks before the end of December and was told I will hear the result in July. How does it take 7 months to look at two tickets (I had to provide a copy of both) and go, "Hmmm...within 20 minutes for the same offense...the second ticket is waived."


Update 2 (2/14/06): Nearly a full 2 months after I contested the second ticket I got a letter saying the second ticket was waived because the supporting evidence for my claim that the second ticket was "factually inconsistent" was approved. Fantastic. Guess I only hate the Chicago Police times 2 now.


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  • [Untitled]
    Posted by: dave on Dec 5th, 2005 | 10:36am

    It seems like they shouldn't be able to give tickets within a few hours or something. Shouldn't there be a limit?


    • [Untitled]
      Posted by: niraj on Dec 5th, 2005 | 11:14am

      Well, from a phone call this morning it seems like they say if it's for the exact same violation (which it is), I should be able to contest one of them. But apparently it takes a while for it to show up in their system before I can do that, and by then I may be pushing the date that it has to be paid by.


    • Catch 22
      Posted by: junosand on Dec 5th, 2005 | 03:07pm

      I don't have a car here in Israel. I take the bus everywhere and the occassional taxi on Shabbat when the buses don't run. The nice thing is that I never have to worry about parking. The bad thing is that I might get blown up. Catch 22.

      (currently knocking on wood)


      • Me too!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Posted by: Anonymous on Jun 23rd, 2006 | 11:15am

        Very briefly, the story is I got more parking tickets and one towing totally cost more than $600 in a year since I bought my car in Chicago! They gave you tickets whenever they want, no matter if you used an emergency light, or deposited coins into the meter. I don't have so much time to go to the hearing. When I try to send the dispute by mail, it is always denied. Chicago is bullshit!!!!!!!!!


        • Die pigssssss!!!!! DIE!
          Posted by: Anonymous on Oct 30th, 2007 | 11:31am

          I HATE U FUCKING PIGS AND WISH DEATH ON ALL THAT ARE AS HEARTLESS AS ANY CRIMINAL OUT HERE THEY IMPOUNDED MY CAR CAUSE MY RADIO WAS TOO LOUD AND IT WAS AN ACCIDENT IJUST HAD A NEW BORN BABY AND ALL HER STUFF WAS IN THE CAR U THINK THEY CARED AS I CRIED AND TRIED TO TELL THEM SOMETIMES I SLEEP IN MY CAR AND THE BLANKET WAS IN THE BACK SEAT U THINK THEY CARED THAT I HAD JUST GOTTEN OFF WORK BEFORE THEY CUFFEF ME LIKE SOME KIND OF CRIMINAL FOR HAVIN MY MUSIC TOO LOUD I HATE THE TWO DIPP SHITS AND HOPE THEY ROTT IN HELL AND IF I AM ABLE I WOULD GO TO HELL ON PURPOSE JUST TO HELP CAUSE THEM EVEN MORE HELL WHEN WE GET THERE I HOPE THEY DIE IN THE LINE OF DUTY U STUPID PIECES OF CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


          • Well....
            Posted by: Anonymous on Jan 30th, 2008 | 11:07am

            next time don't be cheap and do the garage. as for the getting your car towed for having your radio too loud. Well -- TURN DOWN YOUR RADIO YOU GHETTO TRASH!




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