Friday, June 29, 2007

An Open Letter to the Meter Maid

Dear Meter Maid,

Every Friday I take my son to Kindermusic. Every Friday I park in the same spot downtown and put two quarters in the meter like a good citizen.

Today I forgot. For a minute.

I walked in to the class 20 yards away, took off my shoes, realized I forgot to pay the meter, and ran back outside with my quarters.

And there you were. Giving me a ticket.

Wow, you are fast and efficient. I couldn't have been parked there more than 90 seconds. I was impressed by your meter maidey skills.

Hoping you would have pity on me, I yelled out to you that I had JUST parked there and could I please drop two quarters in the meter.

You refused and continued to write out my ticket.

I guess the sight of an 8-month-pregnant woman run-waddling out to the sidewalk barefoot with a toddler in tow waving 2 quarters in the air and pleading for a break isn't enough for you.

Something tells me that if I had been blind or in a wheelchair you wouldn't have cared either.

Well, I don't care if you are doing your job. I still think you suck.





Anonymous Nancy said...

That really does suck.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Chrissy said...

What a bitch!

12:02 PM  
Blogger kgirl said...

beeyatch. it can't be a fun job, but there has to be a better way of endearing yourself to your 'clients.'

12:07 PM  
Blogger Pumpkin said...

That is so EVIL. I think when you apply to become a parking meter type person they must pick you on how downright nasty you are.....if I was in any way talented with Romany gypsy mystical qualities.......I'd put the eye on her nasty ass!!
Alternatively, we could just find her a big vibrator....she's obviously not getting any 'joy' out of life!!!!

1:25 PM  
Anonymous andi said...

Here it's the law that if you go to put money in while they're writing the ticket, they can't ticket you. Sorry...

You should have totally punched her in the gut.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous sam said...

Those damn people are relentless. I would not want that job at all.

I've seen them sit in a store near by waiting with baited breath for someone to park illegally or not pay.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

My dil accidentally pulled into a handicapped parking space to refasten a child into a safety seat. She never left the car or even turned off the engine and it was obvious what she was doing.

There was the meter maid busily writing a $275 ticket.

I told her to file a complaint. She did, it was dismissed, and I'm sure the meter maid was told to use a little judgment.

Those people take far too much pleasure in what they do.

8:00 PM  
Blogger lildb said...

man. what granny said is blowing my mind. especially after having it blown to the extent that I did from this post.

whatta snatch. yeah. I said it.

10:56 PM  
Blogger Kyla said...

Ack!! No fair!

7:42 AM  
Blogger feener said...

typical huh ???

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Izzy said... give people a little power and that's how they use it?

That's pathetic.

5:34 PM  
Blogger Lawyer Mama said...

Geesh! They must have a quota or something. Otherwise you'd think she could have been a decent human being.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I'm with pumpkin. Sounds like she's a bitter hag that needs a vibrator.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Surviving Motherhood said...

to be fair to the woman it could well be that once they start writing the ticket the rules are that they have to follow it through...I think that's the way it is in th UK.

Having said that though it still sucks. I feel for you.

12:53 AM  
Blogger TastesLikeCrazy said...

Just think, if you had been blind, then you could have sicked your seeing-eye dog on her. ;)

8:30 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

I think she sucks, too. Can you imagine what a horrible job that would be, though? No wonder she's bitter.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Nadine said...

Heartless and evil. The woman clearly has no life.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Virtualsprite said...

Wow! What a bitch. It seems like all meter maids are total parking nazis, so you have to wonder - are they bitches when the take the job or does the job make them bitches? I wonder...

2:17 PM  
Blogger Pattie said...

I swear they parachute out of the sky sometimes....
Geesh, she should have given you a break. ACK!

6:36 AM  
Blogger Cattiva said...

You should have parked there all day to get your money's worth (for the fine, I mean).-

12:21 PM  
Blogger Damselfly said...

Wah. Tickets suck.

Why don't people cut pregnant women and parents with young kids some slack?! They know we're running on mental fumes....

1:30 PM  
Blogger JaniceNW said...

What a mean and nasty ol' meter-maid! Does her title imply she should be working for us~the public? Hmmmmmm.

9:41 PM  
Blogger said...

Ooh, I've always had a special little place within me for power mongers. I'll let you imagine where that place is.

What a bad day. Love the way you told it.

10:03 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

that sucks!

Did I mention that when I lived in your fair city, I did get out of a parking ticket once they saw my 8-month prego belly? It was a guy meter maid though, and, unlike you, I was actually fat and pitiful looking.

Next time, add a spit up stain to your pants and make sure your maternity tee doesn't quite cover your entire belly.


6:49 PM  
Blogger amaras_mom said...

That's such a horrendous story! Where are the cop-wannabes at the mall when people park in the "for expectant mothers only" spaces? You can't find someone to enforce the laws then!

Found your blog somehow, some way and love it! I'll be back I'm sure!

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I think it sucks that she kept writing the ticket as you ran out, but what the hell does being pregnant and having a kid have to do with it? It would still suck just as bad for somebody who wasnt pregnant with a small child.

12:49 AM  

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