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October 20, 2007

Parking ticket

My wife and I attended the recent open house at the Sprint Center around 3:45 p.m. Upon returning to our car, we realized we received a parking ticket from the wonderful Kansas City Police Department for parking on Grand Boulevard.

This particular street, as we realized later, was restricted between 4 and 6 p.m. This parking violation was a bit confusing, considering that we paid the meter $1.50 at 3:45 p.m. and were fined right away at 4:16 p.m.

As we looked down the street, we saw more than 20 vehicles with the same violation.

During our visit to the new arena, we were pleased and excited for the change. Our disappointment was that for trying to support our city we were rewarded with a fine.

A better response would have been a warning, rather than a ticket, since we are not that familiar with downtown and the parking challenges.

Wayne Cook
Kansas City



I don't shed any tears for Wayne, since they could have parked one block east (McGee) or one block west (Walnut) and been perfectly legal. (I walked down both roads around 7pm that night and both had parking available... parking that becomes free at 6pm.) The shoulder lanes of Grand need to be kept clear during rush hour so traffic can flow smoothly.

The signs are there for a reason and should be read before you park, not after you get your citation.

T. Hanson

So are you angry that you broke the law or are you angry that people enforced the law? Warnings are always nice, but if they did that then why even have a law, just have a guideline.

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