I need some advice on a situation:
It was raining pretty steadily this morning when it was time to leave the house. I had the following to carry:
- A baby
- A car seat
- A laptop
- A UPS package
- My purse
- Snacks for the car.
Since someone else was over at the time, I left the baby in the house– so I could pull up right in front and avoid getting her wet.
I left the car in front with my hazards on. In the ninety seconds it took me to get her and come back out, a meter maid had spotted my car (double parked) and written me a ticket. For $100.
I have never seen anyone writing tickets in my neighborhood. Especially when people without permits use up the spots on my permit-only street. Exasperated, I yelled over to the woman, “Really? I didn’t want to get A BABY wet.” I’m pretty used to a baby getting me out of things. It came in handy after the “I’m pregnant” excuse was used up. She just shrugged her shoulders and told me I should have parked in the spot that was right there, in front of the house. But I HAD tried that space, and it was too small. I wasn’t even blocking traffic, because there’s another lane.
Yes, I was double parked. For less than two minutes. To keep a baby warm.
Should I contest it? On what grounds?