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I really can't believe this happened. I hadn't even gotten out of my car. Can you imagine this happening in a city like Walnut Creek or Danville? Of course not. Is the city of Oakland so desperate for cash they resort to this? A distinction should be made if the ticket is issued for a broken or expired meter. If the meter is broken you should be allowed to park for whatever the meter's time limit is. Don't they mark tires? This person watched me pull into the spot. Was it illegal for me to park there? No one wants to give me an answer. Why? Because they would have sent a copy of the code section dealing with broken meters.
What I should have done was get this woman's name and asked to speak to her supervisor immediately. I was willing to overlook this, thinking maybe she was having a bad day, but my inaction is going to cost me $100! Unbelievable.
Come on, Oakland. Surely you can do better.
Torre Delgado, Alameda
In our September 1 Fall Arts story "Freed Radicals," we misspelled the names of Philo T. Farnsworth and Eadweard Muybridge.
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