Lazy ticket issuers
It’s been 10 months since my original observations about how ticket-issuers in Hoboken are just plain lazy. Either that, or they’re under extreme pressure to meet quota from City Hall.
Regardless, a Hoboken411 reader is just as frustrated with the exact same thing.
To City Council Members: Make placing tickets under the windshield wiper an official ORDINANCE once and for all. If no one responds to me within a week or two, you’ll get a notarized letter fedex’d to you and be on record waiting for a response. Hoboken is blatantly robbing and inconveniencing residents, because who has time to take a day off from work for a $10 fine? Additionally, I recommend all readers snap photos whenever you see a ticket-writer doing the same thing… send them to me, and I’ll keep them on file. Try to get the license plate too.
I love your site! But, I’m so upset. I just moved here recently and I’m SURE this has been an issue that you’ve beaten to death before, but I hope you bear w/ me – I have to get it off my chest:
I received a parking ticket about two weeks ago, which is totally fine. I have a permanent resident parking sticker, and park on the street, and totally understand that I got it wrong on one occasion.
So, tonight I come home from work, check my mail, and find a notice from the court re: a ticket. I didn’t realize the due date had come up so quickly! I immediately went to the website (www.njmcdirect.com) to pay the ticket. FOUR tickets appeared!!! I was shocked, to say the least.
I am very conscience of where I park, no matter what, and was ready to let this one ticket slide, given it was on the one day I stayed home from work and was on the “street cleaning” side of the street/time of day. Fine. I can deal w/ that. I had the physical ticket, and knew not to do it again! Lesson learned.
These other tickets, are just plain upsetting, to say the least. I had NO idea I got them!!! It’s like some sort of scam; they just file them electronically without leaving any physical evidence and no one knows. Honestly, there is no way these FOUR tickets could have all coincidentally blown off my car (or… maybe they were stolen!? – come on!!!)
I’m so sorry if you’ve “been there, done that” with this topic, as I’m sure you have and that I’m not the only person this has happened to, but I am new to the area and just so upset! I happen to like my car which I am overprotective of and have toyed with just paying for garage parking so this just boils my blood that the fee of FOUR parking tickes equals a nice, comfy garage space with almost no risk.
Anyway, thanks for providing a great forum for this great community (despite my first reason to be angry with it!). It’s nice to know that our collective voices can make a difference! Keep up the good work!”
Original 5/22/2007 entry:
I know that some city employees that issue parking tickets have a tough job. Work hazards include harassment, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive stress injury. Also, sitting in the little cart all day must be hard on your butt.
I’m sure many of you have received a parking violation notice in the mail indicating that you didn’t show up to court, or pay your ticket before the due date. But you never got a ticket, right?
Well, I believe it’s because they get really lazy, and just jam the ticket in between the hood and the quarter-panel of the car, never bothering to get up, use both arms and place the ticket on the windshield, under the wiper. It should be a city ordinance that these tickets get placed in a secure location, as not to blow away in the wind, or get knocked out accidentally by a passer-by. Have you noticed tickets all over the street?
I don’t think I’m being too picky here, but why should I have to show up in court to contest the $10 late fee, when it wasn’t my fault to begin with? I’d pay the ticket on time if I knew I had one! I know the HPD usually sticks them on the windshield, but what about the rest?
Here’s an example of how they sometimes do it. But in this case, the ticket was luckily weighed down by a recent rain storm.
Has this happened to you?