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    Let me start off by saying I am pro police, but this just ****ed me off. I was downtown (18th District) one night when I pulled over to the side of the road. It was 1:30 AM so there was hardly any traffic on the street. I along with another car were pulled over in a no parking zone (but not in a traffic lane) standing next to our cars when a cop came by and blew his air horn basically telling us to move our cars. We did right away with no hesitation. Gave the officer a friendly wave to say "ok" and left. Thought no big deal. Well now a month later I get a ticket in the mail for parking in a no parking or standing zone. If he wanted to give me a ticket why not give it to me right away instead of letting me drive away thinking everything was cool. Instead he gave me a "mailer." I do not know if he was too lazy to get out of his car or just did not want a confrontation but I think that was BS. I know PO's give out mailers but what makes this officer think he has the right to do this just because he feels like it. PO's might not think it but this is the type of abuse of power that ****es off the average citizen more than all this scandals in the news. If you are going to give someome a ticket, go about it the legit way and don't screw with people.

  • #2
    I wouldn't say an abuse of power. He did have reason to ticket you so if you got a ticket, just gotta live with it. I'm not taking the cop's side (as I would be mad as well), but in the end, sometimes you just have to pay the price.

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    • #3
      I don't understand how he was abusing his power?

      You even admitted, you were parked in a "NO PARKING ZONE"...Which last time I checked, means you cannot park. Correct?

      So if you can tell me how the officer abused his power, I will listen. But you parked in a zone where you are not allowed to, and you recieved a ticket in the mail. This is not a case of abuse of power. He didn't go and take your spot in the no parking zone. So I am unsure why you are so upset, other than you got caught.

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      • #4
        [QUOTE=CPDhopeful;1005337]
        Let me start off by saying I am pro police, but this just ****ed me off.
        We all would have assumed this because of the general content of this site, Hopeful.

        I was downtown (18th District) one night when I pulled over to the side of the road. It was 1:30 AM so there was hardly any traffic on the street. I along with another car were pulled over in a no parking zone (but not in a traffic lane) standing next to our cars when a cop came by and blew his air horn basically telling us to move our cars.
        Reminds me of the time I was driving down a relatively vacant state road doing 27 miles over the speed limit. No one was around, except that State Trooper who was watching for people on that relatively vacant state road who were breaking the law by not following the clearly posted speed limit. My sign said "55 speed limit", your's said "no parking". Hmm, I got a ticket and deserved it.

        We did right away with no hesitation. Gave the officer a friendly wave to say "ok" and left. Thought no big deal.
        Yeah, I tried dropping a few LEO names. He knew everyone of them. I was extra polite, "yes, sir", "I am very sorry, sir". And still after all that politeness and friendliness that trooper rightfully gave me the ticket I had earned.

        Well now a month later I get a ticket in the mail for parking in a no parking or standing zone. If he wanted to give me a ticket why not give it to me right away instead of letting me drive away thinking everything was cool. Instead he gave me a "mailer." I do not know if he was too lazy to get out of his car or just did not want a confrontation but I think that was BS.
        Hopeful, I am not a LEO, I haven't been to the Academy yet, but I'm going out on a limb here and going to guess that this cop had the option of sending you a mailer vs. wasting more of his time with you because it was already annoyingly obvious you couldn't comprehend a clearly posted sign and no amount of his precious time was going to make it more clear than blowing his air horn and telling you to move. And why would he have had a "confrontation"? Do you make it a habit of confronting LEOs doing their jobs?

        I know PO's give out mailers but what makes this officer think he has the right to do this just because he feels like it.
        Maybe he has the "right" because its an option vs. wasting his time explaining why he is giving a ticket to someone who is standing right next to a clearly posted sign.

        PO's might not think it but this is the type of abuse of power that ****es off the average citizen more than all this scandals in the news. If you are going to give someome a ticket, go about it the legit way and don't screw with people.
        Every time I have been given a ticket or a warning I have been ****ed too. ****ed off because I thought my plans were too important to following some clearly posted sign and that I had been too stupid to follow the rules. Rules that everyone else is expected to follow.

        Giving your thread the title of "My Rant" only opened you up to be bitch slapped by all the patient candidates that are getting tired of hearing some other candidates complain about the profession they are "Hopefully" going to be a part of. Grow up and pay your ticket.

        RyBaK
        Last edited by RyBaK477; 11-03-2007, 01:56 PM. Reason: specificity

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        • #5
          RyBack...


          Well said.

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          • #6
            Relax CPD, you will soon learn what all police officers already know and accept. It is never the violators fault that the violator was caught it is always the police officers fault. Attorneys make a ton of money convincing people this is true. I bet had you had more time you would have said "shouldn't he be out arresting some one and fighting crime instead of picking on me for parking in a no parking space". There are thousands of laws out there, it just happened to be the time a particular officer decided to enforce a particular law at a particular time. Crap happens, pay the fine, learn your lesson and be done with it. One day you will get to do the job too.
            My worst day as a police officer is a million times better than the best day on any other job!

            RIP Joseph Bokholdt 2-14-1983 to 5-27-2008.

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            • #7
              I agree with everyone, I have had parking tickets many times and I think it sucks. Especially the tickets when I know I am not at fault (street cleaning and no sign). It sucks but you admitted being wrong and you must pay now. Here is a suggestion, contest it and go to court, you might beat the case. I know I pay all my tickets and the one's I am innocent of I end up paying, but the other one's I am actually guilty of I get off on;
              I went to court for no having a city sticker. I bought one and told the judge that I was going to bring thee proof, he rescheduled my hearing and I did not show up and later found out it was dismissed. All I am saying is that you admiot to the wrong, so you must pay consequences.

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              • #8
                Don't have "mailers." The bad part is that by the time you got the notice in the mail, the fine had gone up. They should have handed you the parker, or slapped it on your car. Too bad it's your word against theirs.
                Near North Side (The Viagra Triangle) is easy pickings for parkers, because virtually anywhere you can park a car (that the car hikes haven't stuffed a BMW) is a No Parking Zone of some sort.

                Welcome to Chicago!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ChiTownDet View Post
                  Near North Side (The Viagra Triangle) is easy pickings for parkers, because virtually anywhere you can park a car (that the car hikes haven't stuffed a BMW) is a No Parking Zone of some sort.

                  Welcome to Chicago!
                  Right on, I've been impounded twice messing with meters where you're not supposed to park at from 4-6pm...and having the luck of having a class which went from 3-3:50pm (when the prof. decided to end on time!). Both times it had to have been no later than 4:05pm and my car was already on the bed of the tow truck. Now I just go to school super early, find a spot a couple of blocks away, and walk. Another thing I've learned regarding parking tickets, pay the damn thing A.S.A.P. because sitting around being upset and refusing to pay it knowing you have no believable defense is a money-waster.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by CPDhopeful View Post
                    Let me start off by saying I am pro police, but this just ****ed me off. I was downtown (18th District) one night when ... etc ... etc ... etc ... you are going to give someome a ticket, go about it the legit way and don't screw with people.
                    Yeah, you did get "done" pretty good.

                    You should have gotten a kiss with it.

                    It's Chicago, what'ld you exspect?
                    "That's right man, we've got mills here that'll blow that heap of your's right off the road."

                    "Beautiful Daughter of the Stars."(it's my home now)

                    >>>>> A Time for Choosing <<<<<

                    Retired @ 31yr 2mo as of 0000 hrs. 01-01-10. Yeah, all in all, it was good.

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                    • #11
                      I think people misunderstood me. I have no problem with the ticket. I was in a no parking zone and yes, I deserved ticket which I will pay no problem. I was in the wrong. My problem was with the officer letting me drive away thinking everything was ok. If he wanted to give me a ticket he should have given it to me right there. He should not have written the ticket, thrown my part away, and turn in his copy of the ticket just because he "had somethig better to do." I think the only purpose of doing that was too screw with me. What other reason would he have not to give me the ticket right on the spot?

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                      • #12
                        Possibly there was a fire hydrant and he didn't want to sit there forever...

                        Heavy traffic and felt his safety was in jeopardy....

                        Maybe he thought you would make a huge scene.....

                        He was out of citations....

                        Just got dispatched to another call....

                        Officers were busy so he couldn't be tied up with you....

                        Didn't feel like backing up traffic....

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by CPDhopeful View Post
                          If he wanted to give me a ticket he should have given it to me right there. He should not have written the ticket, thrown my part away, and turn in his copy of the ticket just because he "had somethig better to do." I think the only purpose of doing that was too screw with me. What other reason would he have not to give me the ticket right on the spot?
                          Pretty much answered your own question right here...

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                          • #14
                            And for all you know, could've been another squad car who had previously written you (secretly) and the squad car that told you to move was just passing through.

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                            • #15
                              All this coming from a guy with the name CPDhopeful. Let it go. Quit complaining about a guy you could work with and a department you could work for.

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