The Curse of the Expired Decals

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The parking stories that are posted, such as this one, were submitted to BU Now as part of our Parking Horror Stories contest.  

By Anna Marie Bridges

 

I have several horror stories about parking tickets, but this is the most frustrating. I am a non-traditional student and I commute from Hazleton. I have two children and thankfully, my mother, who works third shift, is my sitter when I attend classes.

I schedule my classes as close together as possible so I can get home in a timely manner. I also schedule them beginning at 9:00 a.m. because of travel time.

 On the first day of this semester, I parked in the lot behind the library as I have been doing so for quite a while now (I have been taking classes for over four years now). I was always under the assumption that tickets were not given out the first two days of classes as that is when we are to get our new decals–Boy was I wrong!

Anyway, I parked my car, which I had just bought over the summer (so I didn’t have a decal) in the lot and went off to my classes. My last class was over at 12:50 and I went to get my new decal right after class. I got my decal and hiked my way back to the library lot, not even considering that I would have a ticket.

When I saw that familiar yellow envelope, I almost screamed right there and then. I had to get home, so I called the BU police on my way home and inquired as to why I had this ticket on the first day! I was told that because I didn’t have my old decal on the car that I should have parked on upper campus!

What?!?! No one told me I should park up there and I am sure if I would have, I would have gotten a ticket there too! I was so outraged that I decided to file the appeal. Needless to say, I did not get my money back as the appeal was denied.

I registered my new car on STINF ahead of time so I thought the no decal thing wasn’t a big deal–they had all my information. Why register a vehicle at all if they don’t check it out before issuing the dreaded ticket? 

Thank you for letting me vent about this!!

 

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