It can be exasperating to be running just a few minutes late and receiving a parking ticket for an expired meter. A Los Angeles man says he knows a more sickening feeling – he was running a few minutes early, and got a ticket anyway.

On Sunday, he filmed his unlikely encounter with a parking officer and later posted the video on YouTube.

After initially protesting, the man said he filmed the incident because he had no other recourse. His video shows an officer, Luisito Calaguing, placing a ticket under the right windshield wiper of his car, which is parked on Argyle Street just north of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. In the video, the meter at which they are parked shows six minutes remaining.

In a recount of the incident on YouTube, he said he did not put more money in an attempt to alter the appearance before filming. He said his girlfriend paid the $1 fee on her credit card. "I'm not trying to fool anybody or get out of paying a parking ticket," he wrote. "I'm exposing a corrupt system for what it is. I didn't break any laws, and I find the officer's act ridiculous."

The fine for the parking ticket is $63.

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Not that it would have helped this guy, but for the rest of us, our cell phones may soon help motorists avoid those pesky parking tickets. You'll be able to feed the parking meter with your phone.


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      schuit
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, that is pathetic. What is really funny is what the victim said "I didn't break any laws." That statement itself is pathetic. No single person alive can make that assertion.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @schuit
        Maybe some Amish people? Maybe.
        testube9
        • 2 Years Ago
        @schuit
        Even a ******* moron would know he was talking about that incident not referring to his lifes story jack ass!
      Hello Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like how they questioned him putting money in afterwards to look innocent. Since when do meters only go up in 6 minute incriments?
        Heidi Ann
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hello Steve
        Yea I was thinking the same thing.
        lawrencentral
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hello Steve
        Maybe it wound down to 6 minutes from whatever the increment was? It is possible. However, it is more plausible that this motorist's claim is true; that the zealous meter enforcement officer simply anticipated the violation and wrote the ticket prematurely. ...probably was in a hurry to make finish his route and did not want to return to confirm the expired meter first before writing the ticket.
      • 2 Years Ago
      ABSOLUTE Bull ****. Fine the pseudo-cop.
      bassettgl
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's nothing new. I (and about six others) got a parking ticket on a street posted for no parking every Thursday 10 to 12 for street cleaning. The problem is that we were all out to move our cars at 5-10 minutes before 10:00 AM and the "UNCONTESTABLE" tickets were already there. And to top it off, the street sweeper only came through once every 4 to 6 weeks. This was thirty years ago and I see nothing has changed. It's just one of the many money grabbing rip-offs perpetrated on people in LA by the lying, thieving politicians and police in that scumbag city. Signed; Happy in Arizona. :D
      jst1786
      • 2 Years Ago
      What does working for Romney has to do with it. Damn state of California is broke and who is president idiot. Plus isn't California a democratic state. Rob from the rich give to the poor. Sooner or later no more rich people around then everybody will be broke ass poor.
      • 2 Years Ago
      @Kate Your logic is faulty, as obviously your eyes are, watch the video and you will see the meter that displays the time in minute increments, as ever digital parking meter I have come across does. They are all over, but you have no eyes for seeing facts, just for attacking.
      garryangel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just makes me wish I were moving back to LA ... NOT !!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      If he had fed the meter more money it would have placed an additional 15/30/60 minutes on the meter.
      Say NO to libs!
      • 2 Years Ago
      IF he had added money after being ticketed, it would have registered ANYTHING other than the bizarre "6 minutes". This was obviously a BOGUS ticket and Meter Maid Luisito Calaguing deserves AT LEAST a suspension, if not an outright DISMISSAL from duty.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Simple, leave your car at home and take a bus to downtown if you work there or visit for event and so, you won’t pay the ticket.
      puptch
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is why I always carry quarters or my bank card. In NJ, you not only have to pay for parking at the beach but you have to pay to even step foot on the sand. I would go through the parking lot on my way to purchase my beach pass and when ever I saw a car that was almost out of time, I would just put more money into the meter. It is only a few dollars out of my pocket and keeps hundreds in some one elses.
        integr8er
        • 2 Years Ago
        @puptch
        Yes, but it doesn't matter if it's expired or not, they write the ticket anyway, that is what is wrong.
        mielkele
        • 2 Years Ago
        @puptch
        Be careful, believe it or not that is a crime in some cities.
      Viper1ex19
      • 2 Years Ago
      Parking meters are unconstitutional to start with. You pay taxes to have the streets built and maintained and then they want to rent a space to you to park and write you a ticket if you don't pay it? Thats Bull$hit Like I said,,, Unconstitutional
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