Just the facts, ma’am…
You walk out of the store just as the meterman pulls up, and no matter what you say, the implacable and unrelenting arm of…justice?…will not let up.
You protest the ticket, but you are refused due process, and you eventually end up banging your head in vain against thick glass that protects laughing, or, at the least, uncaring tellers.
And now we find out that the police don’t have to pay their fines!
Look, we’re all for law and order, but should an officer get a free ride? Should the law only be applied to those who can’t protect themselves against it?
One officer of the Los Angeles County Police has over 250 unpaid tickets, and we have to wonder.
Another member of law enforcement, a parole officer for Los Angeles County, has 65 unpaid tickets.
And they are not alone. Police and associated departments owe near a million and half in fines. Literally thousands of law enforcement officials, and other people in sensitive positions have skipped, are skipping on, many thousands of tickets.
In Los Angles there are over 16,000 unpaid tickets. These tickets include handicapped, fire hydrants, expired meters, yellow and white zones.
The reason for this is simple: their home addresses are protected, so the ticketing agency doesn’t have access to them.
Doesn’t sound quite fair, eh? A protection being used as a loophole so that certain, unscrupulous officers can flaunt the system.
And when the officers are confronted they refuse to talk, walk away, and shuffle the interviewer off.
Look, I’m for law and order, and when I need a cop…I’ll call one. They are, by and large, fine people, and even heroes.
But I don’t think it is fair to slice the law two ways, one way for the peace keeper and one way for the burdened taxpayer.