Wrote this draft a while ago:
“Okay, just going to complain about getting a parking fine. I’m just really annoyed about several things. I was limited to 400 characters so I didn’t mention various relevant things like the fact that I’m a student working part-time and that $88 isn’t a small amount to me. I understand there should be some sort of word limit or else people may go on and on, potentially including myself although I would justify it all as meaningful and necessary.
They only addressed one of my points: that I wasn’t aware of the law. Perhaps I shouldn’t have mentioned that. They say it’s my responsibility to know the laws. But their website is badly designed and their documents very tedious and long and not well organised. Searching is difficult. They fail to accept responsibility for making the laws accessible and, for instance, making sure signs emphasise the difference between information and warnings related to fines and offences, for example by using bold red. They merely give me a link to the rta website and mention a couple of contact numbers, not for the purpose of any further discussion but only so I can get information, presumably all on their side telling me how wrong I am.
I plan to pay the fine but not without contacting them and questioning them about some things. I have every right to complain and get some more information. I don’t know why it quite frustrates me so much, but I don’t know anything they do that is good for me. I suppose they give us the roads. Perhaps I should sincerely offer fixing up their website and making some summarised versions of their laws because long, meticulous, boring articles don’t make for pleasant reading.
Is it pathetic that I only get angry now that it happens to me? Well, that’s not true. If it happened to anyone, I would be pretty furious. What a waste of money! What does it go to? Paying for the parking inspectors to walk around? I’d prefer to donate to a charity. Why not force people to do that if they commit a crime? Maybe it’s a conflict of interest. I just found it a bit disrespectful of them to point me to a website and basically say it’s my problem and I have to deal with it.
This law is unreasonable in the first place. It’s completely natural to park the way I did, parking on the right side of the road at a 60 degree angle. I don’t think it’s fair that I am not allowed to ask for another review as they have already supposedly done one. There is no evidence that they read what I wrote other than one small part of it. In my opinion, they have not satisfactorily addressed it.
Furthermore, why not just warnings?! For a first offence of a certain type which is not harmful or major in any way, just give a warning. And why do police take forever looking at our record while we sit in our car waiting for an indeterminately long period of time? It isn’t right. We should be able to see what they are doing. It’s all backwards. What the police are doing should be transparent and always open to being questioned. Individuals should have their privacy. They are working for the government, getting funded by taxpayers. We own them. They are a service we buy for ourselves. And then we get this disrespect. This atmosphere of fear. We have to stand up for our rights before we have none left. Perhaps I should just not pay and see what happens. See what they do next. See how immoral and inhumane they become. But hey, they are lawful which means they are doing the right thing, right?
Quoting laws isn’t a good reason for anything. Why are those things laws in the first place? Why? I don’t understand the rationale for this kind of a fine. It’s severe for someone like me. And complete overkill. Those sentences are totally not redundant. A one-off occurrence in a place I’ve never been before. I deserve answers and will find a way to delay payment until I receive them.”
I paid. Anyway, a pretty pathetic tirade, huh? I don’t know. Maybe I’m a hypocrite. I want to be passionate about life and politics and ethics but I also don’t want to waste time with bureaucracy. I guess you feel like you have to be radical or revolutionary to get anything done. And then you worry that you’re forgetting what started it all and that you’re becoming insane. A communist! A socialist even! Lol, I don’t really know what these things are. I’m more concerned with feelings. Things I understand. You see these individuals standing in front of thousands, shouting patriotic words with violent gestures as their face turns red. And then all the people. Chanting and cheering. Or a charming personality. Being reasonable and speaking intelligently and respectfully. Unfortunately, my cynicism means I trust nobody.
Our group dynamics are still so simplistic. It’s rare to have a band with merely 4 or 5 musicians working together freely and harmoniously, all mutually creating and interacting. Equals. I guess jazz people can improvise and work with eachother, but that’s probably true for many genres these days. It seems that usually, in any large group, there’ll be leaders and followers. Maybe that’s not a bad thing. But I’m starting to believe there’s a huge amount of value in everyone having an equal voice and independently questioning things. Riots. Everyone loses it. They are to be avoided. People are much smarter when they think.