To the Editor:
A general question for parents: Has anyone else received an unfair/questionable parking ticket during drop-off or pick-up at Chatsworth Elementary School in Larchmont? If so, here’s a story for you.
On Wednesday afternoon I received a $100 double-parking ticket from a police officer who seemed agitated and I WAS IN MY CAR. He came across as scary, and my children (and I) were frightened. Another officer, a nice woman, had driven by and noticed several parents lined up and I pointed out to her I was waiting for another woman who had her signal on to move out so I could get closer to the curb, and she continued on.
Then, another officer (male) immediately pulled up behind her as I was waiting for the woman completing her pick-up to leave. Meanwhile, 2 of my children exited school and entered the car. He approached the car and said: “There’s no reason I can’t give you a ticket.” I pointed to the woman who I really thought was leaving and that my child was walking to the car to get in. I was behind the wheel, seatbelt on. My older child was about to get into the car, in fact the door was ajar waiting for her.
He said, “Oh really?!” And – and here’s where I made the mistake I believe, when I didn’t try to suck up, he took his ticket printer, aimed it at me as if it were a weapon and shot the button and said – “Yeah?! Here you go!” in a real menacing way. Another mom who witnessed what happened approached and tried to talk to him about it but he ignored her.
Once I was sure the kids were in the car safely, I pulled up beside him, where he parked by the light at Chatsworth & Addison Avenues. The light was red. I was so upset about what happened, and afraid no one would believe it, that I took my phone camera to take a picture while we were all waiting for the light. He backed up his police vehicle as soon as he saw I was trying to take his picture. He then motioned to me that he was going to issue another ticket (I assume because I was trying to document what happened). I got a quick photo and when the light changed, and I drove off.
When we got home my daughter took opened her piggy bank and presented me with all of her change – about $3.17 – to help pay for the ticket. All because of school pick-up!!!
Has anyone else experienced anything like this?
photo: submitted by writer