Wednesday, March 05, 2008


To whom it may concern:

I am submitting payment for this parking fine, not because I believe I am guilty of a violation but because I do not currently have the time, money or resources to fight such a ridiculous fine. I received this parking violation in the multi level public parking lot in downtown Bethesda.

On the night in question, my wife and I along with some friends planned to catch a movie and dinner. After submitting two hours worth of coins into the meter, after dinner at approximately 7:15, we ventured off to the theatre to view a 90 + minute movie (which started at 7:30). After the movie we decided to enjoy a few cocktails at one of Bethesda's many bars and restaurants, but before we did this I thought we should stop by the car to deposit more coins into the meter so as to avoid getting a parking violation. To my surprise when I arrived back at the car at approximately 9:25 there was already a ticket. Needless to say the idea of spending more money in a town or county that treated its guest with a $35 parking violation was not a priority. That night I wasn't in the mood to enjoy and celebrate Bethesda.
And as a person living on a budget, this was not $35 well spent.

My question to you is how do you expect people to celebrate and enjoy Bethesda through visiting its many movie theatres, restaurant and bars if you only allow them a ridiculously limited amount of time in which to enjoy Bethesda's many social venues? Especially when it comes to movies, these days movies run in excess of 2 hours. How are movie goers supposed to enjoy a movie if every two hours they have to leave to deposit coins in a parking garage that is 2 blocks away.

Please know that from now on I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my money, my wife's money and my friend's money is never spent in Montgomery County and especially Bethesda. Because Bethesda, Montgomery County hates visitors and those that spend money there!

Yours in Violation,


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