Spotlight: Why I Stuck That Parking Ticket Where I Did

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May 12, 2014 - Local

By Richard Sampson, Pasadena 

In life, there are some decisions that have a significant weight to them. They are not of the type you make every day, like choosing a dressing for your salad or a beet sauce for your fried okra.

Some decisions are more meaningful and have far-reaching consequences that can follow you for the rest of your life.

Sticking that parking ticket where I did was one of those decisions.

I know it was reckless. I know that someone could have died. I also know that the lives of at least 4 people will be irreversibly changed forever.

But what was I to do in that moment? I could think of nothing else but the $89, and I was only two damn inches into the handicapped spot. I mean, Christ! Fuck! It’s just so damn frustrating!

Sorry, I’m still a little emotional about it. I guess what I’m trying to say is I was mad and felt betrayed, so I did what I did in a brief state of rage and insanity.

So while I deeply regret the ramifications of my actions, specifically the condition of parking attendant Franco Barnes and the psychological damage done to the Barnes family, I still think it was done with noble intentions in mind.

And when you think about it that way, in terms of intentions, some might even call me a hero for sticking that parking ticket there. A patriot. A rebel with a heart of gold…

…but yeah sorry again Franco and Julie.

by Ronald Carver, recently detained