March 22, 2016
To Whom It May Concern,
I received a ticket on March 22, 2016. I work for Mather LifeWays and we have Mather’s—More Than a Café on 3235 N. Central. I travel when there is a need. On March 22, 2016, I was leading a training session for staff. I hadn’t been to there since February 17. I have parked on Melrose on and off for the past 7 years and so it has been habit to pull into a spot and head to work. Additionally, this time around, I was running late. Here is the appointment on my Outlook calendar:
My neighbor was supposed to take my daughter to school but forgot. Here’s the text message:
I didn’t receive any warning about parking either. Here is an e-mail from my colleague, after the ticket was issued:
I was told the permit was put in the prior week and I believe that warrants a grace period for those who haven’t been warned, wouldn’t look for a sign, couldn’t see the sign in the distance, and has no ill-intention for the residence on Melrose. I believe the purpose of the permit is to make sure there will be ample parking for the residence, but there was plenty of parking and no one on the block was inconvenienced. Now that I know the new restrictions, I wouldn’t intentionally park where there is a permit. It is unlike me to write to plea my case, but it was a clear mistake and not a disregard for the law.
On a personal note, I am functioning the best I can, considering the awful year I’ve had (and it’s only March!). If you need further proof, I encourage you to contact my attorney, Jeff Strange at (847) 256-7377. All you have to do is ask, “Did Vivian have an awful year?” If you’re not inclined to trust a lawyer (I totally get it), please contact my therapist, Dr. Georgette Lepage at (847) 967-0952. For extra measure, please contact my Physician, Dr. Richard Gaskill at (847) 663-0540, he often tells me not to come in for every little sniffle, but I did come in, and not for a sniffle. If they’re worth half as much as I pay them, they would likely say, “No comment.” But I am confident it will be with a heavy sigh and melancholy on my behalf.
Furthermore, I have a huge tax bill for the first time in my life. I settled on a student loan from a college that no longer exists. You can confirm this with my tax preparer, who is also my mother. After you confirm the tax bill, you can ask about her opinions on my weight loss efforts this year. Message her on Facebook, where you will see her preference for my brothers over me. Lastly, I have a dog. I didn’t want the dog in the first place, but nevertheless, I have one and he needs $400 worth of dental work because as my exhusband puts it, “They’re like people.”
I’m a good person. I work all day helping others live better lives while failing miserably at my own. Please understand, I had no malintent by parking on Melrose and I’ll never do it again without a permit. I know it’s the law and everyone should be treated the same, however the ticket envelope allows a person to contest the ticket as well as request for an in-person hearing, therefore it must be someone’s job to rule on a case-by-case basis. Thank you for your attention to this case.