Letter to the Editor: Post office parking – lives should not be ruined
February 17, 2012
I have read three separate letters submitted in the last week regarding issues with people parking at the Post Office in Downtown Truckee.
The person(s) who wrote the letter saying they are sick of locals who think they are entitled to park down there are the exactly type of people this community doesn’t need.
So what? You think because a person who goes downtown and doesn’t want to pay more to park than for the drink they are going to get, that by using a parking lot of a place they know is closed for the evening deserves a $440 towing fee?
Yes, the parking lot is for Post Office customers only, and if the Post Office doesn’t want people using it after hours who are patrons of other downtown businesses, who are contributing to our town’s economy, then that is their right.
But there are other ways of resolving the issue, like issuing a ticket with an amount appropriate to the violation, not just immediately towing every car that breaks their rules. An unexpected $440 penalty can have grave consequences on individuals who are struggling to get by. It could very easily cause people to lose their car, then their job, and so on.
It is a punishment that does not even come close to fitting the crime, and any local who believes another person, whether they are a tourist or local, deserves a fine that high for parking at the Post Office for an hour or two one evening while getting a drink or dinner somewhere downtown is not the kind of neighbor or citizen I want in my town.
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People shouldn’t park there, but their life shouldn’t be ruined because of it. Anyone who thinks it should needs learn how to enjoy life a little bit more.