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June 21, 2009 at 2:57 PM

Tourists and Seattle parking

Unfriendly parking system, unhappy visitors

On a recent visit from Maine, I stopped to have a quick look at the Sculpture Garden. I (surprisingly) found the place to deposit money for parking and hurriedly put in money and grabbed the receipt that was spit out. It said to place it in my car, so I unlocked my rental car and put the ticket on the dashboard of the car.

Fifteen minutes later, I returned and found a notice of a $35 fine for putting the receipt in the wrong part of the car. It was clearly visible to the person who wrote the ticket.

Enough, Seattle; that’s just going too far. I’ve never seen a system like this, and I thought I was doing what was expected. Rental cars are usually driven by tourists visiting your city.

If you visit Maine, I hope you’ll feel more welcome than I did in Seattle.

— Natalie Mlller, Mount Desert, Maine

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