The great Eastchester parking scam

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So a few weeks ago I took my son Emmett to a store to buy his sister a birthday gift.

We parked in a metered space, but when I put money in the machine, nothing happened. “Well, we’re gonna be quick,” I said to the boy. “It’s broken.”

We shopped. Quickly. Upon returning to the car, there was a ticket in the window for $25. “Fuck,” I muttered under my breath. A court date was printed on the back of the paper—August 20. Which was a day I’d be with my kids from early to late. I wasn’t going to drag them into a room to sit for lord knows how long. Hence, I resigned myself to paying the (fucking fuck) $25. I went to Eastchester City Hall, walked down to the parking violations area, met a woman at the window. “I’m paying,” I said, “but just so you know, the meter is broken. I put money in and it didn’t register.”

“Wait,” she said. “Go upstairs and tell the police. They’ll check the meter. Call in a few days. If they found it broken, you won’t have to pay.”

I followed her steps. I called a couple of days later. “The meter isn’t broken,” someone told me.


I was also informed that I could show up at 9 am (any day) and try to fight. So, yesterday, I showed up at 9 am. I handed over my ticket. I approached the judge. He wore a black robe. He was friendly, but rushed. “What happened?” he said.

“Well,” I replied, “I parked, I put money in the meter, the money didn’t register, I got a ticket.”

“The officer says the meter isn’t broken,” he countered.

“Whatever the case,” I said, “the money didn’t take. I swear, I’m not making this up.”

He reduced the fine from $25 to $10, and I slunk away.

But here’s the thing: It’s total bullshit. Eastchester has a broken meter. I lose money at the meter. Then I’m fined $10 for the city’s broken meter.


1 thought on “The great Eastchester parking scam”

  1. Seems like in this day and age of cell phones you could have recorded video of said parking meter not registering your payment. Judges like evidence.

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