LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)—The price of parking meters are going up, but some already rake in thousands of dollars because tickets are being written for violations on meters
Lisa Gimbel is a frequent patron of the Heine Brothers Coffee Shop on Dundee Road in the Highlands, but she's noticed her coffee has come with more than just cream and sugar over the years.
"My kids have gotten [parking] tickets up here, my husband has gotten tickets up here. It's crazy!” she said. “It's almost like the meter maid is trolling along here. She just comes every 30 minutes and so and ticket, ticket, ticket."
Gimbel definitely isn't the only customer who's had a meter mishap. According to the Parking Authority of River City (PARC) a stretch of Dundee has the top 10 most ticketed meters from May 2012 to May of this year. One meter in particular at 2208 Dundee had 556 citations alone over that time. For $15 per ticket, that's $8,340 in fees.
Most people WHAS11 talked to said they only intend to take a couple minutes, but it never works out that way.
"I think 'Oh I'm just going to spend five minutes I'm going to come right back out',” Emily Ruppel said, “and I see somebody and I talk to them and by the time I come out there's a big green ticket on my car. I'm pretty angry for the next five minutes or so."
Same goes for others parking on the stretch, including Gimbel.
"When we meet our daughters up here at the coffee shop we are running out I'm not kidding you every 20 minutes and dropping another quarter or 50 cents in the meter,” Gimbel added. “So, you know you're cup of coffee or hot tea ends up costing you like three dollars more because you've got your car."
Mike Tudor with PARC said the strict enforcement of the meters is to benefit the local businesses on that stretch of road.
“The purpose of monitoring these meters is to create turnover for businesses,” he said. “Otherwise, someone could park their car here all day long.”
Many people WHAS11 talked to enjoy the area because of the local businesses and restaurants, but they said as more companies come and take up residential space, parking space is suffering. It’s even worse right now as there is also construction in the area.
“Now we're not going to be able to park there because of CVS,” Breadworks customer Ellen Weis said, motioning to a former parking lot down the street, “So it's going to be a problem. It is a problem to find parking.”
It’s not just customers who are getting headaches from lack of parking or meter madness. Some workers, like the employees at Loop 22, a restaurant on Dundee Road, also have to endure the daily task of finding a place to park and avoid getting ticketed.
“It's pretty frustrating,” Loop 22’s Adam Burress said. “We are here all day every day and these guys swoop in and they're murdering us with these tickets. We get ticketed three or four times a week. It's ridiculous.”
When it comes down to it, Gimbel says her family has really only found one solution.
"We don't park up here any more. We ride our bikes. It's not worth it," she said.