ED Magedson – Founder
City of Alexandria, VA301 King St., Room 2300 Alexandria, VA 22314 Alexandria, Virginia USA
City of Alexandria, Virginia Alexandria parking enforcement uses extortion to raise money via false parking tickets!!!! Alexandria Virginia
While legal parking was difficult ( to be expected) i received quite a surprise..... After finding a legal metered space, paying for two hours parking (no problem) and retrieving my car before meter expired, I was quite surprised to find a $40 ticket on my windshield for "misuse of meter". Meter person ticketed vehicle because the receipt had slipped down a bit-- although it was still visible AND clearly the meter had been paid as I did not receive a ticket for expiration. The online citation even has a picture they took of the receipt displayed in my vehicle's window! within 48 hrs., they refused dismissal of the ticket even when I mentioned the picture (their picture nonetheless!) showing the ticket clearly displayed! Now they upped the charge to $50.00 as the are charging extra $10 for contesting the ticket. So much for a "fair" day in court! I am incensed and will never visit this ripoff city again. I think this is VA governments way of meter officer meeting quota and/or earning more money. I DO NOT OWE THEM ANYTHING!
I want to warn driving visitors about this practice. I don't know if it is limited to this meter policeman or a city wide practice, but it is not very tourist friendly AND an unreasonable charge to top it. I would have loved to see more of old town since I had not been there in 20 yrs., but if this is how they operate, it isn't worth it. I find a visit filled with "fear" that I will receive a random "misuse of meter" ticket not worth the trouble.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 05/08/2013 05:17 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/City-of-Alexandria-VA/Alexandria-Virginia-22314/City-of-Alexandria-Virginia-Alexandria-parking-enforcement-uses-extortion-to-raise-money-1049452. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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