I got a stupid parking ticket when in Wellington. I was parked without displaying a parking receipt for the 3 minutes that I was parked before 6pm!!! I think this is absolutely disgusting and quite immoral of Wellington City Council! If we all stopped and said what time was on our watch – I think there would be more than a 3-minute variation. I looked at my watch after I had checked the time the meter applied and it said 6pm… So as far as I knew – I was ok!
“I wish for you to consider canceling this parking infringement. I am actually quite gobsmacked that I would receive an infringement for not displaying a ticket ONLY THREE minutes before the rule would not apply. When I parked my vehicle in this parking space, the first thing that I did was walk to the parking meter and check the times that the meter was valid for – when I saw that it was until 6pm and that my watch said 6pm I was confident that I was parking legally! I think if you surveyed all the watches in your office, there would be very much a 3 minute variation amongst your staff…”
“To think that your parking wardens are swooping around waiting to purge my wallet of hard-earned cash for the sake of three minutes is actually quite gut-wrenching. $40 gives food to my Tear-Fund sponsor child for a whole month… it would also feed 1/3 of an entire orphanage in Haiti for a day… I work for a Charity that develops life-skills and adventure-based learning experiences for boys across the country – $40 would pretty much cover a boy for ONE WHOLE YEAR in our programme.I am not sure what valuable cause this would contribute towards in the Wellington City Council sphere of influence?”