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Meters Should Take Nickels and Dimes

January 27, 1991

It's always been tough to park in Westwood, but the city has made a bad problem worse by changing all the meters to accept quarters only.

Recently I had to run into the cleaners for just a minute, and paying $3.50 to park in a lot for such a short time seemed ridiculous, so I parked on the street. I had only dimes and nickels, so I ran into a shop to ask for change, only to see a "No change for meters" sign on the counter. The experience was repeated in the next two stores I tried. I headed back toward my car, frustrated and resigned to having to pay $3.50 at the lot. And there on the windshield was an $18 parking ticket.

I don't think it's unreasonable to ask that the meters go back to accepting dimes and nickels. Aren't they considered money also? CHRISTINE MANCINI

West Hollywood

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