Merriam councilman and Guitar Lamp maker Dan leap has done his homework and unleashed his protest window display. Now he’s raring to rumble with Merriam Police over a $115 parking ticket bestowed upon him at 7 p.m. on a Sunday night in front of his residence and business in downtown Merriam.
“You know, there’s been a ton of people coming by – I’ve got the picture of the cop on the sign in my window and in another big window I have a peep show going on,” Leap says. “And people think they might be tied together, so they stop and look through this three inch hole to see. It’s quite comical, watching people stop and bend over to look in and see and then laugh – I’ve got the peep hold pretty low.”
The latest on Leap’s $115 parking fine – which though issued to him was for a friend’s car who had parked it in the one hour zone:
“I’ve got two things on that,” Leap says. “One, I made an open records request to the city to see how many tickets have been written in these (parking) spots and it showed there were zero in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. And one for this year, mine.”
That said, Leap wonders if Merriam Police may be covering their you-know-whats by writing more tickets in the wake of publicity over his bust.
“The second thing is on the back of the ticket the cop writes on there that it’s $115 and I don’t have to go to court,” Leap says. “I can just mail it in. So they’re just wanting me to send the money in so they can make revenue.”
In checking with the neighboring city of Shawnee, “I found out it’s 40 bucks (for a parking ticket there),” Leap says. “So I called the city administrator of Merriam to discuss it and found out the fine is $75 with another $40 for court costs. But if you’re (supposed) to send in the money, why do I have to pay the court cost when I’m not going to court?”
All of which may be moot points when Leap provides the court with a timed and dated video from his security cameras showing that it was his friend – not he – that parked her car in the one hour spot.
As for why – out of the clear blue sky – someone would ticket someone (and not the car) for a one hour