Re: Out of Sight
By Frances H. Field
June 26, 2009
Ms. Price is not the only one who has had an issue with airport
parking tickets at Ketchikan airport. On June 23rd at approximately
7:15 PM I was on an outgoing plane with 6 heavy bags, a car seat,
a 2 year old, and I am 5 months pregnant. My 65 year old mother,
pulled up to the loading zone right in front of the revolving
doors to allow me to move the bags and my daughter through the
doors and then she was going to go park in short term. My mother
came out of the car to assist me after my 2 year old tripped
and nearly got smashed in the revolving door. My mother got
my daughter through the door and immediately returned to her
car to find an officer writing her a $50 ticket.
I am not going to argue the reasoning for the ticket; she left
her car unattended for 30 seconds, albeit for a good reason.
What I am going to argue is the officer's behavior. My mother
did not argue with him even though he yelled at her and tried
to provoke her to argue. He laughed at her snidely as he wrote
out the ticket and ended with a spiteful "Have a nice day!"
as he chuckled. It didn't end there. He then proceeded to go
talk with a bystander and explain what just happened as he pointed
at my mom and they laughed at her. That alone is completely
I was quite upset as his behavior and shared what occurred with
TSA and the AK Airlines Agents. It was interesting to hear they
all had terrible things to say about him. They said ever since
he came to town, he's been issuing an obscene amount of tickets
and has an extremely rude and flippant attitude going about it.
It's one thing to do your job and I understand issuing tickets
to people is not a fun task. But the way he handled it was completely
inappropriate. I've been in airports in DC, Boston, New York,
Chicago, Juneau, LA, Anchorage, Seattle and Portland and seen
officers work the airport loading zone, and I have never once
seen an officer have this much attitude towards a ticketed individual,
in fact, most the time they send them off with a stern warning.
It's unfortunate this is the last thing I saw of Ketchikan, a
town I love. And it's even more disheartening to know this may
be the first impression people get as they come off the plane.
Law enforcement officers are to be looked up to, and this is
not the representative I want for my daughter, especially when
they are yelling at her grandmother.
Ms. Price, I encourage you to write a letter to the Borough,
and I hope other "offenders" do too.
Frances H. Field
Received June 24, 2008 - Published
June 26, 2009
of sight By Laurie Price
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