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8. Putting money in expired meters

Last updated: March 7, 2016

By , Insure.com

Feeding expired meter

Every once in a while, when you’ve had a rough day, and the universe seems to be conspiring against you, a little ray of hope shines through. Maybe someone in the coffee drive-thru lane buys your drink, or perhaps you get the last turkey wrap at your favorite lunch spot, or possibly someone was kind enough to feed your meter to prevent you from receiving a ticket. In that moment, it’s enough to restore your faith in humanity – that is, until you realize that person who fed your meter just received a ticket from a nearby meter reader. Humanity fail.

A man in Oregon was cited for obstructing governmental administration when he walked down a street feeding quarters to meters in the view of a parking enforcement officer. The charge comes with a fine of over $500.

In some areas, the issue is it’s unlawful to deposit more money into a meter to extend the time, either by the car owner or others. San Francisco and Los Angeles both have “time limit zones” where you cannot park beyond that limit or you’re subject to a fine.

There is some hope, though. The Supreme Court in New Hampshire ruled in 2015 that a band of “Robin Hoods” who were feeding meters for others were protected under the First Amendment, as this group’s intention was to draw attention to what they believed were unacceptable parking policies.

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