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ace and Autoblog pal James Bell and his team brought a slew of vehicles to Santa Monica, California for some analysis on KTLA channel five's morning show. The aim was to showcase 10 great road trip vehicles, but instead, one of the nation's largest local TV audiences received a lesson in parking law from a particularly dedicated meter maid.

While Bell and KTLA reported Gayle Anderson were live on the air, the Santa Monica parking enforcement began rifling off $50 tickets for each vehicle on display. In the footage, Anderson asserts live on air that the parking spots have been paid for, adding that she has receipts, but that's apparently not enough to stop Santa Monica's finest from making with the carbon copies. Bell's comment? "If we can afford the Porsche (Panamera), you can afford the ticket." Unless, of course, that Porsche is a press car. Pretty funny stuff. Hit the jump to watch first-hand video of KBB and KTLA's amusing $500 parking faux pas.

[Source: KTLA via YouTube]





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      • 4 Years Ago
      They should publicly execute all meter maids.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Coolio 5:46PM (5/27/2010)

        They serve a purpose. The next time some jackass blocks you in, who are you going to cry for, Jackhole ?

        Your Mom!
        • 4 Years Ago
        They serve a purpose. The next time some jackass blocks you in, who are you going to cry for, Jackhole ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just a week ago, there was a story about San Francisco's meter maids parking in red zones and other violations. Funny timing w/ this story.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A tow truck. Meter maids do NOT stop people like that, they only generate revenue for the city by being a gigantic pain in the ass.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "While Bell and KTLA reported Gayle Anderson were live on the air, the Santa Monica parking enforcement began rifling off $50 tickets for each vehicle on display..."

        KTLA...Where LA Lives (expensively)....
      • 4 Years Ago
      to protect and serve....for who...not sure
      • 4 Years Ago
      I know from personal experience that Santa Monica meter maids are especially over-zealous. I believe it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      www.citizensforivicpride.com a new information website on broken parking meters
        • 4 Years Ago
        correction website address www.citizensforcivicpride.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      If the news crew did in fact pay for the parking spaces, why didn't the reporter ask one of the members of the news crew to go get the receipts? She just claimed to have them, but then never bothered to show them to anyone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the blond was a 'shell.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Gotta make that Quota, its the end of them month, she might get a toaster!
      • 4 Years Ago
      wow. un-effing.believable. what a total bitch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Santa Monica is very tourist friendly and very short on space - I'm sure they bring in quite a bit of cash for parking infractions. I got a ticket down on 4th street, I parked and read the nearest multi-rule sign which had 4 different time and day restrictions and thought I was in the clear. What I didn't know was that after the restricted times, the area becomes a park-only space for residents, which was not on the sign anywhere, and I still don't know where the limits of this rule are in effect.

      Bottom line, be extra sure of where you are parking in LA in general, the city needs to plug their deficit spending somehow.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Santa Monica parking sucks, same with the rest of LA. In a city where pretty much everyone drives, you can easily spend $40 on just parking as there is almost no free parking. Even hotels charge their guests upwards of $20 for parking.

        One quick tip, there is a lot next to the Civic Auditorium that is free after six (even if you entered before six), although it closes at midnight. It's a 5 min walk from the pier...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lol, she totally won't get reprimanded for that. What a genius that maid is.

      You know, there are some nice meter maids. I was with a friend checking out a car in the dealership, and we didn't know we had to pay for the meter (it was late Sat afternoon). The guy knocked on the dealership, asked if it was anybody's car, and we paid without getting a ticket. What a rare breed, hah.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I used to drive a truck in my college days and one time spent a little too long on lunch, running the meter over literally by 3-4 minutes... and got a ticket ($25, I think). I bet the meter maid was totally hovering over it.
        She was nice though, she was like "Are you going to get in trouble? Let me void that for you". So there are nice ones out there.

        But yah, most people are out to get you (OMG, my neighbor parked on the wrong side facing traffic, let's call the cops on him!)
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...and why didn't the broadcasting crew (on air) ask whey they were being ticketed?
      The ticket maid wouldn't put her job on the line for the sake of 10 unwarranted tickets in front of cameras.

      And whats with all the demeaning comments anyway?
      • 4 Years Ago
      anyone noticed that 2010 SuBUbaru Outback is a perfect roadtrip vehicle?!
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