The one aspect of Bucknell that annoys me the most is far and away public safety’s ridiculous position on parking tickets. On campus I have received four parking tickets. One instance that I feel best displays public safety’s overbearing attitude is when I once parked in 15 minute parking. I had parked my car to unload a Wal-Mart, and being the intelligent and incredibly busy Bucknellian I am forgot that my car was in 15 minute parking until a couple days later. This meant that my battery was dead from my flashers being on for so long. When I remembered where my car was parked and went to check on it I had two tickets, one for parking in 15 minute parking without flashers, and one exactly 16 minutes later for parking in 15 minute parking for over 15 minutes. I suppose that it is fair that they ticket me for being in the spot for over 15 minutes, as that is entirely my fault, but I feel as though the fact that my flashers weren’t physically capable of working could give me some leeway. Unfortunately this was not the case and I had to pay both tickets.
Another great example is when I was moving out of Larison Cottage Sophmore year. I had parked my car outside of the entrance to the cottage to make moving easier as I had no intention of walking a few hundred more feet to get to my car after going down three flights of stairs. Approximately .3 seconds after parking my car a p safe officer came out of nowhere and informed me that I would be getting ticketed for driving on a pathway, and I was lucky to not be getting a ticket for driving on the grass. Ironically she had driven her car on the pathway to give me the ticket. I was then told that one was only allowed to park on the grass during “moving week,” which apparently didn’t include the week that people are moving out of the buildings.
In the end, I feel as though the system is loaded in such a way that students have almost no rights. The appeal system is a joke. I have heard of multiple people getting tickets for not having student decals, even though they ordered them and the administration failed to give them one. Their justification was that the student did not have a screen cap of the order. I suppose that the administration can get away with this, so it is very likely that this will change, but I also feel as though that this is an underhanded strategy when dealing with students.
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