On Sunday, my husband and I returned home from dinner
to discover a car had parked in front of our driveway,
blocking our access. We were mildly annoyed by the inconvenience,
and I called the Wilshire District department of the
LAPD to report the car. A dispatcher told me that someone
would be sent to ticket and tow the vehicle so we could
park our car in our driveway. It was about 8:30 PM when
I called; within the next hour, I saw a police car drive
by a few times and stop, and I assumed that the car
had been ticketed, but when I checked, there was no
citation on the car. I had hoped the vehicle would be
removed so that I could re-park our own car in our driveway
that night, but sometime after 10:30 PM, the owner left.
I had already gone to bed; I teach a morning class and
had to be on campus at 7:30 the following morning.
At ten minutes after midnight, we were awakened by
the phone ringing. A parking enforcement officer was
downstairs and had finally come to check out the situation.
At midnight. He insisted we come downstairs in order
to confirm his observation of "So, it looks like
the car's gone now, right?"
I am astounded at the complete lack of professionalism
and intelligence in the way this matter was handled.
First of all, I realize an illegally parked vehicle
isn't an emergency, but to wait four hours before arriving
Moreover, why would someone reason it appropriate and
necessary that, despite seeing that 1) the car was gone
and 2) all lights in the house were out and the occupants
were most likely asleep, he should call and wake us
up to inquire about the obvious?
I contacted the LAPD on this matter expecting the situation
to be handled with some level of aptitude and proficiency.
Instead, we witnessed an astoundingly lackadaisical
attitude and complete lack of common sense. I am disgusted
and disappointed in the organization that is supposed
to be considered "LA's finest." Next time,
I'll know to call a tow truck myself rather than deal
with the senselessness of LAPD.
Most Annoyed, and With Only 4 Hours of Sleep to Boot,