Last weekend I received my first parking ticket on campus since I’ve been living here. It was a $20 fee and I am still salty about it.
My high school basketball team was here for the weekend for Penn State’s basketball team camp. The coach (my old coach) asked if I would help out and be an assistant coach for her for the weekend. On Friday, the first day of camp, we had a coaches meeting to discuss the schedule, rules, and other aspects of the weekend. During this meeting we were told we would receive parking passes for the Findlay dining hall parking lot, which is where we were parked. We never received those passes and the next day we walked out to our cars only to see wonderful orange envelopes laying on our windshields. We then proceeded to tell the camp administrators about the tickets and they told us to go online and request to appeal the ticket, and that the parking enforcement people are typically pretty lenient, so we shouldn’t have to pay the fees. I was still very upset, considering my college budget doesn’t include spontaneous $20 parking fees. I went online and realized I had to pay the fine first, then request to appeal the ticket, and if they approve it I will be reimbursed.
As of now I am getting extremely impatient about getting my money back. I guess I learned my lesson to be assertive and make sure I either insist on getting my parking pass or park somewhere else to avoid the unnecessary $20 fee.