When is a $40 parking ticket more than a parking ticket? When the ticketee is a successful trial attorney.
Brant Mittler, a tourist from Texas, is still "hopping mad" ??? his words ??? at getting a parking ticket in Laguna Beach on April 29 for having tires over the line in a parking space in the Glenneyre Street parking structure.
And Mittler isn't one to back down from a fight. He's a personal injury attorney and practicing cardiologist in San Antonio who has won some major health-care damage awards in his day.
So he's not afraid to take on the city of Laguna Beach over its practice of ticketing folks for parking their cars on or over parking spot lines.
Here's his story:
Mittler and his wife, Louise, were having a lovely time in Laguna and decided to have lunch at Nick's restaurant. They pulled their car into the parking structure in the alley behind the restaurant. When they returned from their tasty, $50 lunch, their stomachs turned over when they saw a $40 parking ticket on the windshield.