Friday, November 6, 2009


I don't suppose anyone would imagine that an event which involved waking up to the Denver Boot on your car could result in feeling anything even approximating gratitude, but here it is (be patient, I'll get there)

First of all, I can't tell you how pleasant the people at City Hall were yesterday morning.  We had fun.

Second of all, my car was booted while parked overnight (legally) in a metered spot.  The meters are on from 8:00am to 6:00pm.  I parked my car at 9:30pm Thursday night and planned to leave for work before 8:00am on Friday.  Imagine my surpise at 7:45am to see the dreaded bright yellow contraption hooked up to my front tire.

Long story short, I take the L to my downtown office and pit stop at City Hall to pay the fines.  However, I now have a dilemma.  They can't tell me when the boot will be taken off, but as soon as they do, I will have my car sitting in a metered spot!  I called my local police district to explain my dillema and they told me if it did get ticketed that I would be able to contest it.  So I work my day as usual, planning on checking the car when I get home and moving it right away if the boot is off.

Flash forward to 8:30am today and as I'm getting out of bed (I don't work today) I remember that I NEVER MOVED THE CAR!  I could have 2 new tickets on the damn thing after shelling out $437 to clear all tickets off of both my and my husband's records to having the boot removed.

So (and here's where the gratitude part comes in) I race outside to find that I have been issued no tickets.  So, I am grateful that I do not owe the City of Chicago any more money and that my car is now safely parked in a regular spot. 

However, I'm one step closer to moving to the country.


Rosemarie said...

$437 of tickets?!! What are you guys doing? he he

We parked on our street overnight one time (we just forgot to bring the car into the garage) and Wheaton charged us $20. That's my only brush with the law so far ;)

Traci said...

UGH. Amazing that you can find an element of that to be grateful for. Jason got a ticket in the mail for having his car windows tinted - I knew there were restrictions, but didn't know the details. Guess we should have looked into it... Anyway $250 fine!! Ridiculous! He sees nothing to be grateful for you can imagine.

Artichoke said...

The tickets weren't $437, but I had to pay the 4 tickets (they added up tickets on both cars since they are both registered in Jason's name) and a variety of fines etc. What is even more infuriating is at least 3 of the 4 tickets were stupid overstaying the meter violations. They then send you about 4 tickets at one time in random intervals for 1 violation and it's nearly impossible to tell what's been paid and what hasn't.

And Traci, that is incredible. I had no idea there were laws about tinted windows. I see them all the time!