Wrong Direction Parking
So, I was in Cambridge, MA last week and parked in a public lot while attending the TechStars Boston Mentor Dinner (really great group, BTW). I searched the 10,000 little signs around the lot to find out if I needed to fill a meter somewhere and felt fairly secure that I didn’t when I found an obscured sign that stated that sacrifices to the parking lot gods were not required after 6pm – it was 5:58.
Imagine my dismay then, when I came back to my car later that evening to find this parking ticket on the car. Not because I neglected to fill a meter, but because I backed into a parking space (see arrows). I suppose I can dream of reasons why this is a rule, most of them having to do with bad drivers, but I can’t think of any logical reason why this should be a problem (Massachusetts requires front license plates, so that’s not it).
I had to hunt around the parking lot to find the small sign that told parkers that they had to park “head on” only. It was there, but it wasn’t obvious. It was posted and I was, therefore, wrong. I just think it’s absurd – both the rule and the poor posting of it.
Anyone know why this type of parking restriction is mandated?