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Stop harassing residents with petty parking tickets

It’s that time of the year again – the holidays, festive music and, of course, open season on parking violations. I’m referring to alternate parking. This has been a bone of contention for years. Move your car to the other side of the street on certain days. No parking on a given side after 6 p.m., for example. Now the games begin. I received a ticket for moving my vehicle at 5 p.m. There is a parking violations worker in North Buffalo who prides himself on “nabbing” you within the hour of change. If you choose to move your car prior to 6 p.m., he is positioned to pounce on the unsuspecting resident.

Why can’t the City of Buffalo play fair instead of harassing residents? Not everyone can run out at the exact hour to move his car in a timely fashion. This is not the first time this same individual has done this to the residents of Standish Road. When he approached my vehicle, I yelled out the front door that I had just moved my car five minutes prior. He responded it was too early. When asked what was not considered too early, he said 5:15. What a scam to drive up ticket revenue! He didn’t leave a ticket but instead turned it into the Violations Department, which then mailed it to me. Let’s put an end to this harassment. There must be more legitimate ways to fill the city’s coffers.

Peter Hewett

Buffalo