When Dennis ONeal returned to his car last week after eating lunch in Harbor East, he was stunned to see a parking ticket on his windshield. And for good reason: The $32 ticket had been issued just nine minutes after he paid for a full hour of street parking on South Central Avenue.
"This is an obvious error," the Canton resident said in an interview. "It's so simple."
ONeal provided The Baltimore Sun a copy of his kiosk receipt showing he paid $2 to park from 12:06 p.m. to 1:07 p.m. He also provided a copy of the citation. The officer wrote down the violation time as 12:15 p.m. Right above that, the officer wrote: "EZ PK Pass expired @ 1:07p." (Click here or on the link to right.)
ONeal said he called the city in the hope of getting the ticket voided. First, he says, he was told he would have to appeal to court. When he called a second time, an official gave him an email address where he could lay out his case. He says he sent an email but hasn't heard back yet.
Late Thursday city officials said ONeal's ticket had been voided.
"DOT has conducted an investigation into this matter and have concluded that the citation was issued in error," Department of Transportation spokeswoman Adrienne Barnes said in a statement. "We have since abated the citation and respectfully apologize to the motorist for any inconvenience this incident may have caused."