Tuesday morning the GUARDIAN watched over coffee at 8th Street just south of Bannock as an unsuspecting motorist fell victim to the heartless Boise Parking machine.
The guy carefully backed into a parking spot behind a beer truck. He aligned his shiny black car within the lines, exited his vehicle and confronted the meter. A red sticker proclaimed “ENFORCED 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.” He checked his watch and noted it was just past 9 a.m. He pushed the button for the free 20 minutes and inserted several coins.
Moments later a “meter butler” rode up on his bike, snapped several photos and carefully left the guy with a $40 parking violation. For WHAT??
Turns out hidden away in plain sight on the back side of the meter is a yellow and black sign which proclaims the area to be a delivery zone and parking is NOT allowed between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m.–DESPITE the red sticker on the meter saying its
Here are the exhibits: you be the judge.
That portion of 8th Street has been vacated by the Ada County Highway District and owned from store front to store front by the Capital City Development Corp. (CCDC) which is NOT a government agency.
The folks at Boise’s Parking Department refused the GUARDIAN’S offer to pay the $40, saying we couldn’t force the hapless motorist to plead guilty. He would have to fight the mixed message entrapment himself.
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