6/20/2007Canada: Meter Maid Tickets Sleeping Man
A meter maid sees a 76-year-old man passed out behind the wheel in the middle of the night. He issues a parking ticket.
Meter maids in Toronto, Canada are more concerned with meeting citation performance measurements than helping out fellow citizens. Last month, Gordon Meggson, 76, had parked his car on a street with little traffic and no scarcity of parking. Instead of driving home tired after a long day's work, he took a nap.
At 1:25am, a passing meter maid saw Meggson's vehicle. Despite seeing an elderly man passed out in the driver's seat, the meter maid wrote up a $60 parking ticket and walked away. Meggson woke up an hour later, did not notice the ticket, and drove to another location where he took a second nap. A police officer knocked on his car window after 3:30am.
"The officers were concerned," Meggson told the Toronto Star newspaper. "They didn't know if I'd been drinking or if I was ill. They asked me questions. One officer noticed a ticket on the windshield. It was from 1:25 a.m. I hadn't noticed. I said, 'I wish that fellow had woken me up like you fellows did.'"
Meggson will go to traffic court to see if a judge would be willing to reduce the fine.