On 01/20/2012, between 5:00p.m. and 6:00p.m., my family was at the Sherman Oaks barber shop, Archie's of Hollywood, and we were lucky enough to park our two family cars next to each other on the street right in front of the shop. We put a half an hour of time on our two meters. Getting close to the time expiring and needing to put more money in the meter, my wife went out to do so. First in the one car, as the meter parking person was just parking his car. Upon seeing my wife putting money in the meter for the second vehicle, he told her it was illegal to do so and that she could not put money in random meters that had expired. At this time, he had not yet started to write out the ticket when my wife told him that both cars were hers. He laughed at her, told her she was lying and proceeded to write out the ticket even though the meter was blinking green. My wife then put her head into the shop to tell me that the parking person had just written her a ticket because he told her he didn't believe that both cars were hers.
I got up from the barber's chair and saw him running to his car and quickly pulling away. I saw him park a half a block down and get out of his car to ticket another vehicle. I walked to his car, waiting for him to return. When he got done writing his latest ticket and returned to his car, I calmly asked him to call the police. He didn't even ask me who I was or what it was about, and without prompting or hesitation said the "lady was not allowed to put money in other cars than hers". The only thing I can think of is that he saw me as he was running to his ca rand recognized me. Again, I calmly asked him to call the police and that I wanted a cop there to witness our discussion. Again, he refused, saying that he would take care of the ticket. I asked him what that meant and he said he would "void it out". I asked for his card and his name but he assured me it would not be necessary. I asked him how or why I should trust him and he said he "would not lie". I asked him if it was true that tickets could not be voided once written and he said "don't worry about it". I told him that I understand that he had a tough job and must have to deal with a fair share of irate people but that doing what he had done was not helping his cause. I then thanked him for "voiding the ticket" and went back to my family.
At no time did I touch him or act in a threatening manner and my insistence to have a Police person present was to avoid any misrepresentation of this incident. Sadly, my mistake was trusting him and not calling the police myself.
Little did I know that he had no intention of making this situation right when I received the original ticket in the mail on 01/28/2012. To further continue his lie, he hand wrote on the ticket, "Irate Citizen". The officer's name was P. Reth, serial #3054, Beat 309, Agency 53. The ticket he printed out had as a footnote, "No Activity/Unattended, to further misrepresent the facts. I am sure he had a good laugh at me, my wife and family's expense as he bragged to his fellow workers how he pulled one over on another stupid driver.