Talk about an office that can't get their facts straight when it comes to parking enforcement. This review isn't a rant as much as it is the truth - and I know that there are more people out there that would be able to take their points further in detail. Parking is terrible at LMU, we all know this by now. But Public Safety just takes a bad situation and makes it worse with the way they handle anything that has to do with citations and tickets. Maybe I'm wrong, and if so tell me - but here's an example of my latest awkward scenario of tag with p.safe after getting a ticket for parking at Gersten Pavilion without a permit:
Scene 1: Find the ticket on my window. Pretty whatever about it, I'm determined to simply head to the p.safe office, give them the ticket and say they made a mistake. After all, I've been parking at the gym for over a year now as alumnus, and when I registered for membership - they told me no permits were needed to park there. Sweet.
Scene 2: At the p.safe office. "Officer" is shocked that I'm bringing in a ticket. Tells me I'm missing a permit and that's why I was cited. Gives me an excuse, but shrugs me off as if it's my fault for not registering. I explain I was told no permits were needed, and he plays stupid. Doesn't know what I'm talking about. I'm pretty weirded out. He tells me, if I'm not a student - I need a day pass from the front gate. Fine. On my way out, he explains there is only so much they as a department can do with so many different offices telling them different things. I still have no idea what he meant when he said that.
Scene 3: Next day, pull up to the front gate. Officer asks me where I'm headed. I explain that I'm going to the gym and he tells me to have a great day. I sit there and stare at him. He sees the look on my face and moves to grab a map for me. I stop him to tell him I need a permit. He explains that I don't. I demand a permit from him. He says he'd rather not write permits if he didn't have to. I'm pretty confused.
Scene 4: Next day, same story. Officer doesn't know why I'm asking for permits each morning. I tell him I got a ticket earlier that week. He says I need a pass from the Gym. I tell him I've never heard of that before and ask again for a day pass. He's hesitant to write me one, then asks if I'm a student. He wants the pass he wrote for me for the previous day back. Finally gives me a new pass. I head over to the desk at the gym. Student workers tell me they don't even have passes to give out.
Scene 5: Pull up to the gate. Same officer tells me the gym is closed. I don't understand. I tell him I don't think so, and he's convinced that it is. I ask him to check. He gets on the phone inside the kiosk, and then lets me through. What was that all about?
Scene 6 - repeats every morning now: Pull up to the front gate. Officer knows me by now, but seems bothered that he has to write me a day pass every morning. It's now at a point where he sees me turn onto LMU Drive and he has the pass ready for me. I guess we'll both never understand...
If your car isn't registered at LMU, don't bother since chances are they have no way/idea of getting you to pay. That's been my experience for the past four years. I'm not sure if that's the case when you're a member of the gym, which is why I'm still always worried about tickets. Whenever in doubt, just demand a day pass, regardless if they're saying you need one or not.
In any case, just trust Wayne. He's the officer at the front gate in the morning. We're buddies now.
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