People Pay to Park, Then Get Tickets
The City of Milwaukee says it issued at least 59 citations on Sunday to people who had illegally parked on county owned vacant land where the Park East Freeway once stood. The people parked there for the Trans Siberian Orchestra concert at the Bradley Center nearby.
The problem? The people paid to park there. Milwaukee Police say they were likely duped by people posing as legitimate parking workers. Jim Kirk says that he paid ten bucks to park. When he got back, he found a $30 ticket on his car.
"It's incredibly bold," Kirk said.
Milwaukee Police say it happens more often than you might think. "Unfortunately there are always people looking to take advantage of others when the opportunity arises," said police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz.
What can you do? Schwartz says, "if you don't park in official parking structure or a lot that has an officially printed sign, you're taking your chances in parking in an area where somebody may be preying on innocent people."