Woman Attacks San Francisco Parking Officer Over Ticket

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A woman attacked a San Francisco Department of Parking and Traffic officer who gave her a parking ticket in the city’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood Wednesday evening, a police lieutenant said Thursday.

The attack was reported around 5:50 p.m. in the 1500 block of Haight Street.

An altercation ensued after the parking officer wrote the woman a parking ticket, according to Lt. Belinda Kerr from the Police Department’s Park Station.

The woman reached into the DPT vehicle and threw items out of the vehicle, Kerr said.

“When the DPT person tried to stop her, there was a little bit of a tussle and he got hit,” she said. “We don’t know if it was intentional.”

The suspect, described as an Asian woman between 18 and 25 years old, fled in the car and was not found despite an extensive search, Kerr said.

Police have the license plate number of the vehicle, but its registered owner is not believed to be the suspect, she said.

The officer was not injured in the incident.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or send a tip by text message to TIP411.

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  • BlahBlah

    Hey troll, are you from East Oakland?

  • BlahBlah

    Read the article! It didn’t say she was a Vietnamese woman! LOL what an idiot!

  • Tours Martel

    Given the over the top nature of parking fines it is not surprising that this happened. San Francisco uses fines as a form of taxation to provide revenue for their assortment of odd programs. Vive l’resistance!

    • Michael Miranda

      It is hard NOT to get a parking ticket. I also agree it’s a revenue generator.

    • SinkingSF

      Add this to the grotesque ‘capitalism gone wrong’ with rip off parking garages all over the place. Make a wrong turn and you’re in a trap for parking.

      SF welcomes its visitors with a blast of parking gouges and laughs like the ‘California Academy of Science’ – also known as overpriced display of mediocrity bested by some college science labs.

      Tip, if you go to SF…get really %$#$ed up. You’ll fit in better and lower your expectations.

    • geek

      Another kooky comment from a righ winger

      • Eric

        And a reply by a geek.

  • Javier Calderon

    Someone was just killed a few moments ago in Redwood City,Ca at the Wendys on El Camino

    • Michael Miranda

      That would be real news.

  • coolman

    cal is for loser

  • Hali

    Ask the owner of the car where his car is. If the woman was upset over the ticket, she must know the owner.

  • Metermaid Hate

    The meter maids in SF are merciless, nasty people. I’m sure others have had urges to lash out at them as have I. Every time I see those dumb looking trikes roll by, I give them a glare. They rank amongst the most despised professions alongside lawyers and investment bankers.

    • VV

      Why investment bankers? Jealousy?

      • tom goyne

        come on, everyone knows bankers are up there with politicians, lawyers and tow truck drivers

  • David

    SF is too aggressive in giving out tickets. What a horrible city!! I would rather open my business in Sunnyvale than SF just because of the parking situation The ticketing officers need to back off in giving out tickets.

    • Wizard Status

      I don’t know if I agree with you. I live in Northbeach and on my way to the store last week (around 4:00pm) I saw that over half the meters I passed were expired.

      Personally, I was totally disappointed. I just kept thinking that everyone who didn’t pay was probably a self-centered, arrogant prick who genuinely thought they didn’t need because they were too important to be bothered.

      And as this story illustrates, people in SF have more disregard for contributing what’s expected of them than the MM’s are aggressive in collecting fines…

      • rcgirl

        Back in the old days, the early 80’s, you could rack up a lot of money in parking tickets never pay them, get rid of the car and that would do it. LOL! But soon after that they started linking parking tickets with the DMV penalizing those with unpaid parking tickets so they could not register their car unless the tickets were paid.

    • rfp

      Giving a ticket at 5:50 is a way to get any one goat, the price of tickets today is out of touch of reality as well, so I’m glad there’s a little anarchy going on, we need more people to revolt!!

    • GT

      Yes, I totally agree. I was parked in SF and since my meter was not expired, they gave me a fix it ticket for not having a front license plate. $110 ticket so there goes dinner in SF . Why go there to get tickets from meter maids when you can get a great meal down the peninsula. I think this is really hurting the tourism in SF. But who cares, right?

    • Elfstone

      David– Stay out of The City. You are not necessary.

  • Raymond Lucas

    The Parking Control officer was just doing his/her job. It doesn’t change anything to attack them.

    The City of San Francisco RELYS on revenue from parking violations to help balance the budget. It would serve the city right if EVERYONE stopped driving thier cars and thus removed that revenue from thier books. They would be crying for money so bad, they’d have to invent new ways to ticket people.

    • fu

      the guards at Auschwitz were “just doing their job”

      • B.

        you are an idiot! comparing meter maids with Nazi guards.

    • Eric


  • Fred

    Hmmmmmmmmmm – San Francisco voters elected the Board of Supervisors/city council who enacted those laws and the fines. The police and DPT are charged with enforcing those laws.

    While you might not “like” it – tough s**t. It looks like the whiners here have the attitude of being “above” the law.

    Go ahead and revolt and take action – then you’ll get to visit your loved ones through the partitions in jail.

  • Ted

    Doue to parking ticketting and city stupid taxes I moved my business out of city, and I hired new guys. Who is lossing with this agressive ticketting attitudine?
    Wake up city oficial, the next after BART is SF Dept of Parking

    • Aaron

      I can really see why your business went down the tubes. Great spelling and punctuation there. If everyone parked legally, they would have no reason to give out tickets.

      • Kurt Turner

        Aaron is a Kool-Aid drinker….

  • Gorgar

    Ride a bike. Walk. Take the bus. No parking problem. Understandably, car drivers are the biggest whiners.

  • whodatcat

    i saw a meter maid give a ticket before the meter had expired. The park car had about 5 minutes left. I wrote a note explaining it and left it on the car…..If u have a car and have to park in the city u will learn to hate the meter maids

    • No more SF for me

      I’ve had this happen – despite taking picture of the meter etc. and a looong wait, of course my appeal was denied. Basically, if you’re in the downtown area, they wait until your meter is ‘nearly’ up and then write a ticket, knowing full-well you’ll lose any appeal, because there’s no oversight anyway.

      I’ve stopped going to SF for this very reason. SF, you’re losing more because of your Nazi-like meter-maids than you could be earning in increase tax from extra business.

  • steve

    SF is gouching people.
    I heard city wanteds to take away handicapped parking becuase they cant make money from those poor handicapped folks. Bunch of A holes.

  • markiemarko

    Your name fits you appropriately

    -from an Asian guy

  • W

    Indeed, Inner city neighborhoods in the US are swarming with Tiger Moms and their Ivy League applying, overachieving children. Who will put a stop to this wave of crime? The horror!

  • JJ

    Good for her. It is time to stand up to the traffic police, why should one pay to park on the street any way.?

    • B.

      and hitting someone is the best way to do that? wow. you are just as bright as as the stupid woman who hit the parking officer.

  • Sean

    The fines for parking tickets are too much. $65+ is obscene. Those who makes min wage don’t make $65 a day. I really feel for those people who lose a days wage because of a parking mistake. I understand we have to have a parking enforcement system in place but hard working people make mistakes and shouldn’t pay so dearly in this economic time.

  • Steve

    This article made me smile…”just doing their jobs”….sounds like “soldiers following orders”…I’ve read that one before.
    Fight back people….make these metermaids think twice before they take the job!

    • jeff

      Steve, the brave guy. See you in the front line but not in this blog.

  • Stan

    In SF I’ve gotten a ticket parked outside of the “hall of justice” because I had to wait in the line to pay for a previous ticket for over 2 hrs. That woman should have run over the meter maid.

  • Red

    How about fighting back at City Hall? They’re the ones passing the laws!

    But no, you’d rather continue to re-elect the same morons because of what they’ve “promised.”

    You deserve what you voted for.

  • mike

    People who can’t follow a simple law, like putting money in the meter, are stupid…what’s wrong, can’t follow the rules? Too many idiots out there…and they are all in the idiot boat together.

    • Jes

      I put money in the meter and I couldn’t have been more than 10 minutes late to get back to my car and WHAM! I got nailed with a parking ticket. THIS IS THE ISSUE most people have with SF. Most people are following the law but the law is too aggressive in seeking out timed out meters. You must not travel to the city much with your simply stupid comment.

  • mitra

    Oh god, leave the “suspect” alone, I understand her frustration with the ridiculousness of parking tickets in San Francisco.

    DPT officers are usually deserving of what they get.

  • CJP

    I’m glad they didn’t catch her.

  • Still Your Master

    Elfstone – You are still an ass.

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