According to CBS, L.A. parking officers have been caught on video writing bogus tickets to motorists for $73.
Why are they bogus tickets, you ask? These tickets were issued in “relaxed parking zones,” where street sweeping is cancelled on certain occasions.
CBS recorded video of officers issuing a number of tickets in “relaxed parking zones.” When the officers were approached and called out as they were handing out tickets, they gave excuses like “I had no idea” and “they didn’t tell us.”
Naturally, those that got tickets were not pleased.
“I don’t think it’s fair,” said one person who received a bogus ticket. “They’re preying on the citizens’ lack of knowledge about this.”
The news went all the way up to L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and he showed his discontent in a statement:
“Well, that is absolutely unacceptable. I can’t tell you how upset I was to hear that and, thanks to your reporting, people who got those tickets are going to get a refund, and it’s going to stop. Period.”
If you’re in L.A. and believe you could’ve been issued a bogus ticket, CBS2 has created a website for you to check — even if you’ve already paid off a ticket, you can still get your money back.