What to do about a parking ticket from a private company.
April 10, 2007 4:27 PM Subscribe
What happens if you don't pay a parking ticket to a private company?
posted by The God Complex to Law & Government (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
In Western Canada, since that will probably make some difference. I understand that many municipalities will tack on hefty fees ($25-$50) for every 21 days you fail to make payment, but what can a private company do? And, more than that, how can they force me to pay the ticket (or, more appropriately, what will happen to my credit rating if I don't?).
JustificationFilter: the ticket dispenser was out of service in the lot I used, and the nearest one would have been somewhere in the neighbourhood of a 1km round-trip walk from where I was parked. Given the time constraints I was under, this wasn't really possible (or all that reasonable even if it was), yet the parking attendant still saw fit to ticket my car.
I contacted the company in question and was asked to send an e-mail. The response I got essentially boiled down to "You should have walked to another meter". Now, the parking ticket in question isn't for a large enough fee to really make a difference to me one way or the other, but out of principle alone I'd like not to pay it. So, what happens?
Note: I did respond to them with a rather entertaining--and moderately uncharitable--e-mail that referenced everything from Mercantilism to jackbooted parking attendants to dragons, which was deeply satisfying but probably won't be altogether successful.
My only other recourse, I imagine, is channeling the spirit of others before me and paying the ticket in unrolled pennies.