Alderman calls for investigation of parking meter co.

April 22, 2009 4:16:15 PM PDT
A Chicago alderman claims she was ripped off by a Chicago parking meter. And now she's leading the charge to examine the practices of the private company that leases them.LAZ parking is leasing the city's 36,000 parking meters for the next 75 years. The deal was made last year to help balance the city's budget.

Alderman Leslie Hairston says she encountered parking meters where she paid for time but the minutes fell short of what was advertised. Now she wants the city council to look into what she calls the company's "deceptive" practices.

"When LAZ became aware of this and that the meters were only giving seven minutes instead of the 8 minutes as written that the parking meters were not calibrated hey did absolutely nothing to alert the public," said Ald. Leslie Hairston, 5th Ward.

Alderman Hairston says she met with LAZ representatives who allegedly admitted to a glitch in their system.

The company did not return ABC7's calls for a comment.


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