There are more complaints about the new parking system in Harrisburg. This time it's about the short time allotted to make your original payment and avoid an even larger fine.
Kathy Heaster of Millerstown showed up for an appointment at Harrisburg Hospital back on Thursday, January 16. She said the hospital lot was full so she found a parking spot along Second Street and emptied all the quarters she had into the meter; about two hours and fifteen minutes worth.
"What I was doing ended up being an hour behind," she said. "I ended up coming out to a $30 parking ticket."
She was not happy, but feeling she had no alternative, she went about the process of paying just two days later.
"On Saturday the 18th, I wrote a check, put it in the mail in the Shiremanstown post office, and sent it on its way."
Kathy thought the matter was done and finished, but it turns out that she was not correct in that thinking. On Tuesday of this week, she got a letter saying that she owed $20 more because she had failed to pay the ticket in the required four days.
Now she was really not happy.
"Post office is not open Saturday afternoon, Sunday, nor was it open Monday because of Martin Luther King Day," she said.
Kathy says she intends to contest this in whatever way she possibly can.
Is she still a little upset?
"A little? Livid would be the best word," she said.
Kathy said she called Standard Parking, the firm that runs the system, but only got an answering machine.
abc27 News left a message with Standard Parking and with the Harrisburg Parking Authority, but was not able to connect with anyone for comment.