$53.00 Seattle, WA Parking Ticket - Pay/Contest/Ignore?

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Was visiting Seattle and the AirBNB I stayed in came with a Parking Permit exempting me from the 2 hour zone. Unfortunately the permit was expired and I didn't notice so I ended up getting a ticket for overstaying the 2 hour limit in a residential parking zone.

11.72.351A | RESTRICTED PARKING ZONE TIME
Ticket lists my (California) License Plate Number but the VIN is blank on the ticket(My Vin was 100% visible in the expected place on the Drivers side of the dashboard).

Is it worth trying to do anything with this or should I just cough up the $53 and move on? Not a financial burden for me at all but obviously I'd rather keep my $53. I've read online that if you check the box to contest you will be given the option to contest by mail, might send a letter explaining what happened and see if they grant any leniency. The AirBNB host gave me a new valid permit that worked for the rest of my stay but I forgot to take a photo of it before returning it upon check-out.

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Try contesting it. I’ve done that before a few times and it’s worked well. They’ll either reduce or drop it altogether when it’s for something silly like that. Just explain things to them when you contest it by mail.
 

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Try contesting it. I’ve done that before a few times and it’s worked well. They’ll either reduce or drop it altogether when it’s for something silly like that. Just explain things to them when you contest it by mail.
That's good to hear. Unlike the non-sense speed limits I'm willing to accept Parking enforcement as a necessary evil, I'm sure they're not complaining about the revenue but the tickets at least serve a purpose.
 

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Sent off my written statement for the mitigation hearing, hope they reduce it!

From March 23rd thru March 27th, I was visiting the city of Seattle as a tourist and taking advantage of an AirBNB Home Rental in the First Hill Neighborhood. My AirBNB rental included the use of a parking permit allowing me to park longer than two hours in the adjacent Zone 7 street parking spaces.
Unfortunately, the permit that was provided for me had expired and I had failed to notice. I had even examined the permit with my friends and half-jokingly compared the permit number to that of the neighboring cars on the street to see if other cars were using a photocopy of my same permit. As a tourist I didn’t have any scheduled business and glossed over the fact that the expiration date was 8 days in the past at the time of my arrival.

On March 25th, I looked outside the window of my rental house to see a Paring Enforcement Officer placing a ticket on my windshield. I inquired with the officer about the violation and was at this time informed that my permit was expired. The officer was reasonably friendly for the circumstances but was unable and/or unwilling to revoke the citation. Please find included a photograph showing the expired permit and the parking ticket placed under my windshield wiper.

I sent a message to my AirBNB host, and they were seemingly unaware that the permit they left for me was expired. They promptly delivered to me a new permit that was valid for several weeks. The new permit was a laminated hang-tag, while the original expired one was a black and white print out on a US letter sheet of paper. I unfortunately forgot to take a photo of this new permit before returning it and leaving Seattle
I understand why the citation was written and I can accept these parking enforcement actions as a so-called “necessary evil” that keeps spaces available and fairly regulates the use of on-street parking, a public good. I had a wonderful time in your city, ate at many delicious restaurants, bought some neat souvenirs, and visited the lovely Seattle Aquarium. Many of my activities resulted in payment of Sales Taxes, a part of the methodology your state uses for needed Government funding. I also contributed $116.61 in “Occupancy taxes and fees”, a portion of which will find its way to the City of Seattle.

My permit was expired only because of an honest blunder, my AirBNB included a valid parking pass and if I had noticed the expiration date before receiving a parking ticket, I would have most certainly demanded an updated permit before leaving my car beyond the 2-hour non-permit allowance. Considering this silly mistake, please consider reducing or dismissing my $53.00 parking fine.
 

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Was visiting Seattle and the AirBNB I stayed in came with a Parking Permit exempting me from the 2 hour zone. Unfortunately the permit was expired and I didn't notice so I ended up getting a ticket for overstaying the 2 hour limit in a residential parking zone.

11.72.351A | RESTRICTED PARKING ZONE TIME
Ticket lists my (California) License Plate Number but the VIN is blank on the ticket
What's cheaper, paying the ticket or buying new plates? LOL
 

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Shouldnt AirBNB be on the hook for it if you were promised free parking ?
 

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They went ahead and reduced it to a free warning, nice!

As this is your 1st Seattle parking ticket, I can make it a warning. On future trips to Seattle, I would insist on a proper 'residential guest pass' ( the laminated one that hangs from the rear view mirror). I would not expect photocopies of a guest pass to be honored as an actual, valid pass.
 

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I hate to sound like an old geezer, but $53 for a parking ticket? That is just ridiculous. I am reading about some $1000 fines for traffic tickets on here! What the heck is happening with fines? This should not be legal. It really makes the price of a detector or jammers pretty reasonable.
 
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I hate to sound like an old geezer, but $53 for a traffic ticket? That is just ridiculous. I am reading about some $1000 fines for traffic tickets on here! What the heck is happening with fines? This should not be legal. It really makes the price of a detector or jammers pretty reasonable.
It was a PARKING ticket, not a traffic violation.
 

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It was a PARKING ticket, not a traffic violation.
Sorry, that was what i meant. I remember a parking ticket that I got that was $5 and I was mad.
 

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Sorry, that was what i meant. I remember a parking ticket that I got that was $5 and I was mad.
Where did you see anyone on here get a $1,000 parking ticket?
 

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Where did you see anyone on here get a $1,000 parking ticket?
I think what i said went right past you, sorry. I was lamenting about the cost of tickets in general. The grand was a traffic ticket. I guess i did a pretty poor job of complaining about it, but it was a general comment. Not meant specifically.
 

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I've had 3 or 4 outstanding parking tickets in Seattle for like 3 years and I've never heard anything about it. In fact, I have outstanding parking tickets in about 8 states. I never plan on moving/registering a vehicle there and by the time I ever go back, I'll have a new vehicle/plate so good luck collecting it.

If you don't live there, nothing they can really do.
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I hate to sound like an old geezer, but $53 for a parking ticket?

Thats cheap compared to here. They're $75 for just parking on expired times, park within 30 feet of a hydrant...$200 +

I also once had my vehicle towed in front of my office within minutes. We have "snow routes" here, which is essentially a parking ban for snow plows on major routes in winter. They're in effect Oct-Mar.

It was the end of Oct, zero snow in sight and I was still wearing shorts and sandals (it actually didn't snow until christmas this year) .

I parked in front of the door and ran up to my office to grab my laptop for the weekend. The time it took to walk in the door, ride the elevator to the 5th floor, press the power button to shut computer off, then take the elevator back down....Truck gone. $120 snow route parking ticket and $105 impound fee. They're vultures around these parts.
 
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