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Complaint Review: City of Palmdale - Parking Citations

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  • Submitted: Fri, October 12, 2012
  • Updated: Fri, October 12, 2012

  • Reported By: blue84 — Palmdale California United States of America
City of Palmdale - Parking Citations
827 E. Avenue Q-9 Palmdale, California United States of America

City of Palmdale - Parking Citations Palmdale Parking Enforcement Late Penalty - OVER DOUBLE THE AMOUNT of Original Fine Palmdale, California

*Consumer Comment: making fun of others misery

*Consumer Comment: Where is the Violin

*Consumer Comment: I do have a comment.....

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We bought a home in east palmdale last year.  Our first mistake.  In july we were preparing for a trip and pulled our boat on the street.  We had to unhitch the boat for roughly 20 minutes.  The boat was unhitched for 20 minutes in front of our home which we are now being told is a public highway.  It is a residential street not a public highway.  We were cited $68.00.  Of course we contested, the boat was parked in front of our home for 20 minutes not hitched.  The denied our contest.  Fine - we will pay the $68.  Due to finiacial distress I went to pay the fine 1 day late - to my utter shock they not only doubled the $68 they increased it by $74.  They want a $142. 

 I understand the city needs to come up with creative ways of making money but that is insanity for 1 day late.  How is that even legal?  To increase a fine by $74 for a day late. . .in a lower income area like Palmdale is a trap.  What happens is people obtain a fine - for whatever reason are unable to pay - then go to pay and cant avoid too.  So then the DMV is notified - and they suspended the reigstraion of the vehicle.  So no a person has city fees and dmv fees and is now possible without a vehicle because they can not drive on a suspended registration.  Yes the right thing wqould have been to pay the citation in the first place -  but for those who cant - the city has just set them up for failure.  Somehow someway this should be addressed. 

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#1 Consumer Comment

making fun of others misery

AUTHOR: The Outlaw Josey Wales - (United States of America)

 the team rebutt way, guess you didn't meet their approval
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#2 Consumer Comment

Where is the Violin

AUTHOR: Robert - (U.S.A.)

Your "RipOff" would have a lot more weight if you were not trying to gain sympathy for not being able to pay the $68 fine from parking your BOAT on-time because of your "financial distress".

Yes the right thing wqould have been to pay the citation in the first place
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Yep that would have been the right thing.  So why is it a RipOff on their part if you don't do that? 

What would have been an acceptable penalty?  $50,$40,$10, or $1 because you were only 1 day late.  Or do you think they should just give you that extra day because after all it was only a day?  What if you were 2 days late?  How about 3?  Going down that line..just how many days grace period should they give someone?

 but for those who cant

- Can't?  So how many other boat owners are suffering from financial distress?

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#3 Consumer Comment

I do have a comment.....

AUTHOR: Ken - (USA)

" What happens is people obtain a fine - for whatever reason are unable to pay - then go to pay and cant avoid too. So then the DMV is notified - and they suspended the reigstraion of the vehicle."

If you're so short of funds, perhaps you should sell the boat. How many days were you given before the penalty kicked in? Apparently you KNEW you were a day late.
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