Chris Kruse's paid street parking expired at 6:56 p.m. He got a ticket written for 6:57 p.m.
As many of you noted yesterday, getting a parking ticket one minute after your time has expired is rough—but, the fact is, your time has expired.
“Expired is expired," agreed William Edwards, Director of Parking Enforcement for the Seattle Police Department, when I spoke to him about the case of Chris Kruse.
Edwards did stand by his earlier statement that, in general, "we shouldn't be writing anybody tickets for one minute after." But, being ticketed for one minute after expiration is not the same as being ticketed for the very minute of expiration, so...
"I offered to him that education versus citation was a good outcome from his parking/ticketing experience, and that I was going to have a supervisor reduce the citation to a warning and cancel it out of the system," Edwards told me.
Kruse tells me he's "satisfied," and calls Edwards "reasonable."