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Parking tickets.... in Edmonds! oh the horror of it all

It is not just European police that 'take advantage of tourists'.

At the RS Reunion event today I witnessed a car receiving a parking ticket. The 3 hour limit sign was hidden more than 6 ft above street level on a white post.

How unfair for the sign to not show metric time for the Canadian and other foreign visitors.

And the excuse 'the rain washed it away' will not work. It was in a sealed plastic bag.

Please pay the fine. My property taxes are already painfully high.

Thank you and have a nice day!

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5017 posts

Don't forget to watch out for the ZTL there by the roundabout. Consider yourself warned!

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1863 posts

Phew!! The usual limited parking. We left there without a ticket! Another great reunion.

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9382 posts

At least it did not arrive in the mail 6 months from now.

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11676 posts

Quelle horreur!

Of course they should have come by train. But wait—parking is impossible to find in downtown Seattle, so our reunion attendees would have to travel from their “live like a local” Airbnb on Capitol Hill to the King street Station by light rail, and they would find that the commuter Sounder trains run in the opposite direction. So the only option is Amtrak, at 7:45 am from Seattle to Edmonds, with a southbound return at 9:07 pm.

That is, if the train has not been canceled by mudslides on the tracks. All too common this time of year.

At least there are some nice dinner options in Edmonds. It is a nice little town, with a big parking problem.

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5229 posts

Did the car have out-of-state plates? Marked as a rental car? Luggage on the back seat ? SCAM !!!

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1529 posts

Haha! I wish I could have been there this year, last year was a blast! I hope to go again in 2021. I did watch a number of the presentations live streaming on my iPad, very cool.
What was the weather like?
Maybe I should reserve my hotel room now?

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6018 posts

Don't forget to watch out for the ZTL there by the roundabout.

There's a ZTL there????

What was the weather like?
Maybe I should reserve my hotel room now?

Had overcast with a few moments of needing sunglasses. Its no guarantee what you will get next year. Could be the same, or light rain intermittently, or heavy unrelenting rain. 2-4 inches of snow not out of the question.. If coming is weather dependent, be sure you get make a flexible/refundable hotel reservation.

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1863 posts

@Judy, mild temps., cloudy, "typical" for the area. As a native we refer to the rain as "liquid sunshine." ;) (no guarantee)

Think about coming next year! Just arrive early to secure a parking spot. We park a few blocks away that doesn't require the 3 hour limit!

@ Lola. So true about the mudslides that are common this time of the year. And yes, great dinner options in Edmonds! Our newest favorite is Epolu Bistro. Mediterranean cuisine.

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Anyone know how much the parking tickets cost? Might help me know how neurotic to be about it.

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6018 posts

8.48.215 Parking infraction penalties.

A. Any person who commits a parking infraction shall be assessed the following civil penalty, unless otherwise provided herein:

  1. All parking infractions, whether on public streets or within lots, except as detailed in subsection (A)(2) of this section: $40.00;

  2. Unauthorized handicapped zone parking: $450.00.

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30886 posts

Wow, that's a hefty charge for violating handicapped zone parking! It makes the ZTL fines in Italy look like small change. Whenever I've attended the travel events in the past, I usually just walk up from the hotel so don't have to worry about parking charges.

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4637 posts

I usually park by the police station. Never got a ticket there. They must think that my car belongs to a policeman,

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5229 posts

Well, if you illegally park in a handicapped zone there are some that would consign you to one of the outer levels of Hell, so $450 isn't that bad.

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How unfair for the sign to not show metric time for the Canadian and other foreign visitors.

What do you mean "metric time"? Metric time, as originally defined as part of the Metric (S.I.) system, is 10 hrs/day, 100 minutes/hr, and 100 seconds/min. I didn't know Canada used this system.

Ironically, the metric time system was used when they first started using metric weight (mass) and length measurements, but everyone was used to the "old fashioned" 24 hr/day clock and didn't want to change, so they abandoned it.

The 24:60:60 clock is a real pain. Let's face it, time is our most commonly used measurement. Almost no one (except fishermen) carry a device to measure mass with them on a daily bases; only a few geek walk around with a rule in their pocket, but virtually everyone carries a device to measure time (watch, cell phone). Think how much easier it would be with a decimal time system.

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Signage here is much more clear to me than in Vancouver, where I almost got towed.

And it's not a roundabout. It's a four-way stop that just happens to have a fountain in the middle. Ask the motorcycle cop who waits there every Saturday for visitors to mess up.