I went to minor traffic court yesterday to plead my case for what I considered an unfair parking ticket.
I live close to Al Huda School in College Park and to the Greenbelt Metro Station and so there is restricted parking on most of the streets in the area and there are small signs posted to that effect. The signs at one end of the street differ from the signs as you get closer to the Metro and the restricted timings vary at either end of the street.
So on the day we went to sign the lease, we parked our cars and decided to go together in one car to the leasing agent’s office. While we were there the leasing agent told us that in order to park in front of the house we would need to take our copy of the lease to the parking permit office to obtain the parking permits for our cars.
After signing the lease, we got home and there was a ticket on my car. I felt the ticket was a bit of an injustice and as a matter of principle I plead not guilty and agreed to appear in court to contest the ticket at trial. I explained to the judge the situation and alhamdulillah he said that my explanation sounded reasonable and he found me not guilty and dismissed the case.
And not only that when I got to the underground parking garage at the courthouse I realized I didn’t have much change to pay for a parking spot but just then I looked at my window and a lady was there offering me her ticket and spot which was good for another 2 hours so I didn’t have to pay a thing. And then when I left I tried to find someone to offer the ticket and parking spot to but didn’t find anyone.
From the Storehouse: Parking Ticket