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LAist's Solved Mysteries: Broken Parking Meters

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Hitting the ground running, LAist takes time out of our busy schedule solving crimes this week to address yet another unsolved mystery of the Angeleno landscape.

Broken parking meters.

We've all been there. Looking for a spot in a highly congested area and finding ourselves idling next to a particularly ominious open spot. Why hasn't someone parked there? It's obviously not a painted red area. And then we see it. A broken parking meter.

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Either affixed with someone's hand-drawn cocktail napkin warning of "Broken Meter!" or simply flashing a digital warning of "ERR", the broken parking meter scenario is often a tough conundrum for LA drivers. Do we park there? Is it legal? Are we going to get a ticket?

The answer is a resounding yes, yes, and yes.

LAist talked to the City of Los Angeles' Parking Violations Bureau and got the cold hard facts.