Dastardly deeds in Canton?
A reader named Jeff Hossfeld reports a truly disturbing development in Canton. Getting There certainly understands the impulse to preserve a parking space one has painstakingly shoveled out, but the behavior Hossfeld describes is reprehensible. Here's Hossfeld's account:
Many folks in Canton that own two cars are taking to the habit of driving one car out of a parking spot, and then slightly moving their other car to a position in such a way that it reserves two spots until the first car comes back. This is essentially "saving" a spot. Is there any recourse for this? Could this be called into 311 in order to have these folks ticketed and even so, is there any way to prove it? I don't hear about this problem in other cities with lots of parallel parking, so I don't understand why it's happening here.
Have any other Getting There readers observed this practice? Is it peculiar to Canton or it it being secretly practiced in other corners of the city? Has anyone found a way to combat this menace? Please share.
UPDATE: Kathy Chopper, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore Department of Transportation, said that if lines are painted on the street to mark off parking spaces, a motorist whose vehicle doesn't stay within the lines can receive a $32 ticket. However, she said, is there are no lines, there may be no violation unless the car is otherwise parked illegally.