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City's most ticketed parking meter is a rip off

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(KMOV) -- If you fail to feed a parking meter in the city of St. Louis it might cost you ten bucks in the form of a ticket. However, even if you feed one particular meter in the Central West End it might cost you ten dollars anyway.

News 4 requested city records to find out where the most ticketed parking meter is located. There are nearly 10 thousand parking meters across the city, but meter 507003 near the corner of Maryland and Euclid is the most ticketed in town.

Our investigation uncovered 326 parking tickets were written on that meter in 2009. An employee at a nearby pharmacy says, "it's a walking cash machine for the parking people."

It turns out meter 507003 is a fifteen minute meter, it's the only fifteen minute meter in the row. It's surrounded by meters that give parkers 2 hours for their change. There's a small sticker on the front that indicates the 15 minute time limit, but just below the coin slot another sign says parkers get 20 minutes for every quarter they deposit. Ryan Cox of Chicago read that sign and deposited 4 quarters, but only got 15 minutes, not the 80 minutes he thought he was buying.

News 4 brought this to the attention of city treasurers office. According to Tom Stoff city crews are addressing the confusion. Stoff says new signage will be added to the meter to clarify the 15 minute time limit, the city will also make sure appropriate changes occur on every 15 minute meter in town.

 

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