A man in Santa Barbara, Calif. is trying to fight a parking ticket he received while doing his job, which was to install signs informing people of the 75-minute parking limit that he happened to violate.
According to KEYT, Dan Greding was working as a contract employee for the city in February to put up signs about the 75-minute parking limit on that block. While he was installing one of the signs, a city parking enforcement officer pulled up his truck and started ticketing it.
I didn't know what to say. I was dumbfounded. I said 'but I 'm putting these signs up' and he (the officer) says, 'then you should know you can't park here more than 75 minutes.' I said, 'well I haven't put the sign up yet, so you can't write me a ticket' and he said 'yea but the signs down there say - this block - so you're in violation.
Full disclosure: I was born and raised in Santa Barbara. I've only received a few parking tickets in my life, all for being over the time limit. The enforcement people just sneak up on you. At least you can pay the ticket online now.
Part of me thinks Greding has a case here because the section of the street where he was parked wasn't marked. In fact, the officer apparently referenced one of the signs Greding had just installed while writing him up. Therefore, it's not like he didn't know the parking in that area wasn't time-limited.
Greding lost his first appeal on the $48 ticket, so he's now fighting it with an administrative review panel, who will decide the case this month.