Estimated read time: 2-3 minutes
Alex Carbrero Reporting Police officers can write a book about the excuses they hear when pulling over speeders, but wait until you hear the excuses parking violators make.
Park City has an appeals process for those who feel their parking ticket isn't fair, and with Sundance now over the excuses are just beginning.
Things in Park City seem to slow down a little after Sundance, just not for Brian Andersen.
Brian Andersen, Park City Parking Manager: "We do get some that are kind of out there."
He's not talking about independent movie scripts. No, he's talking about the maybe more creative writing in parking ticket excuses.
Brian Andersen, Park City Parking Manager: "My cat threw up in the car, and so I was dealing with that, and I couldn't get to the meter to pay."
He's read them all as Park City's parking manager.
Brian Andersen, Park City Parking Manager: "I'll never do it again, I was running late, I didn't know, I was only in there for a minute or two."
Drivers who receive a parking ticket can appeal that ticket in writing. His job is to find those that might have a legitimate beef, and present them to a judge for a final decision.
Brian Andersen, Park City Parking Manager: "It is interesting to look through them."
Andersen says the best way to get out of your ticket, if you happen to get one, is when you're filling out your appeals form, try to be a little humble.
Brian Andersen, Park City Parking Manager: "It's definitely the better approach."
Kristy Hoffman: "The entertainment factor is great!"
Kristy Hoffman runs a ski and snowboard shop right on Main Street and sees all kinds of creative parking during Sundance.
Kristy Hoffman, Aloha Ski & Snowboard: "People trying to fit into spots that are too small for their vehicles."
Michelle Heumann: "One person leaves, and there's four other people trying to get in."
Yeah, parking is an adventure during Sundance. At least no one has been abducted by aliens, yet.
Brian Andersen, Park City Parking Manager: "No, we haven't had that one. Ha ha ha ha!"
Only about five percent of all parking tickets are appealed in Park City, and of those less than half win that appeal.