OK, all you parking pros out there =- how would you come down on this one. A man was driving his wife to the hospital and she gave birth in the car. He delivered her to the ambulance entrance and after seeing her safely inside, went out and parked his car. He didn’t put enough in the meter, and was given a parking ticket. He is fighting the ticket and using his new daughter as exhibit “A”. Read about it here.
First, its not as if the birth was taking place when the ticket was written. I can certainly see that if it was, the ticket might have been excessive. I can also understand if he had parked the car, ran inside and in his haste forgotten to pay, or she was in labor and he couldn’t leave her side. Once again, this is a different case. I’m a wuss and would have let him off, as a congratulatory gesture on the new birth. However what should an administrative judge do? What guidelines could be set down for tickets around a hospital. Is a “Doctor’s note” enough to get one out of a ticket? What if he was visiting his uncle who had just had his broken leg set? How about someone who is there for chemo, or dialysis. Suddenly it’s not so cut and dried.