Originally Posted by JHimick
Anyone else been robbed by the City of Denver and completely pissed off?
Back in April I got a ticket at 8am for being parked on a street scheduled for street sweeping. Guilty? Yes. $50 fine reasonable? No! Fortunately I was in a position to visit the parking office and talk to the magistrate and get it knocked down to $35.
A few months ago my girlfriend got ticketed 4 times (4 f'ing times!!) for the same offense in less than two weeks. Not having current stickers on your license plate will set you back $150 each offense. Well, she's in school and working full time and doesn't have the $$ or the schedule to go visit the magistrate for a hearing. She's paying $25/wk to show good faith even though there's no such payment program. Well she gets booted yesterday and with late fees and the boot fee she's out $1000! She goes to the magistrate to pay, get the boot off and see if there's a way she can get the fine knocked down. Nope.
Well, just today I got a fine in the mail from the City courtesy of their photo enforcement program showing my truck stopped at a red light, 5' over the white stop line. Yes, absent-mindedly rolling over the stop line at a stop light will set you back $40.
It's clear the City of Denver has no interest in serving and protecting it's citizens but complete intention of robbing them blind for any petty offense they can think of. Whoever wrote and approved this municipal code deserves to be tarred and feathered. Unfortunately I don't think there's anything to do other than bend over and take it up the arse... or shall we have a rally at the mayor's house?
Denver is over populated anyway, you should move along.
On being a broke student. That sucks, I've been there. While I was doing my undergrad in Gunnison we basically only rode bikes for in town travel, needless to say due to lack of funds my car rarely moved from its parking spot. One day city services decided to place a ordnance violation sticker on my window, along with a $25 ticket, stating I needed to maintain my car or it would be towed. So I paid the ticket and moved the car maybe 20' and sort of scratched off the sticker. Next day, another sticker & and another ticket, wtf? I called city services and kindly (or not so) told them my situation ($$) and how I rode my bike and didn't drive my car everyday. No more tickets, no more stickers.
Maybe try a smaller town if you can't take it in Denver.