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I live on the 1200 block of Euclid, and I’ve had about enough of Pepco’s never-ending construction in the area.
A couple days ago, my car was “courtesy towed” for the 3rd time this year. I don’t use my car often, so I have to park it in areas for a couple days at a time without checking on it. One time it was totally my fault – I forgot about street cleaning. The second time, I could have sworn I didn’t see an Emergency No Parking sign when I parked there, but I couldn’t prove when they put it up. This time, though, when I parked my car on the South Side of the block on the evening of Monday 6/10, I double checked to make sure that the Emergency No Parking signs expired on 6/7.
Between Monday and Wednesday, Pepco put up a new sign that extended the dates of their signs to 6/26. So when I went to get my car yesterday, I noticed that there was a back hoe in its place.
I left a voicemail at the number listed on the sign letting them know they’ll be responsible for paying my tickets, since they didn’t give 72 hours notice. I also submitted a customer service ticket, and forwarded that message directly to a Customer Service Manager I found on Linkedin. I also contested the parking ticket with the DC Department of Public Works.
I got a call from a Manager at Pepco today who swears that the workers told him that they’d put up a sign with enough time, but “If it wasn’t there, why was I parking there if they clearly aren’t done with the work?” Anyone who walks down Euclid can see piles of construction equipment.
Has anyone ever gotten Pepco, or any other organization, to pay their tickets for them? Any other advice? I’d rather not have to get affidavits from my neighbors saying that the signs expired on 6/7, but at this point it feels like it might come to that.
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