Mind the meter man

The next orange ticket on
your windshield may be the work
of an MU sophomore
Monday, May 2, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:36 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

What would U do?

A look at jobs on campus

Although parking enforcement can be a thankless job, somebody has to do it.

Steve Bartel, a sophomore photojournalism major at MU, spends about 25 hours a week walking around, checking parking passes and meters and doing other small jobs related to campus parking.

Because nobody likes getting a ticket, Bartel said, he has seen many unhappy and uncivil people. He has also been the target of a lot of shouting. Aside from the angry people, he said, he enjoys some aspects of the job, such as the flexible schedule and having weekends off.

“We get a bad reputation,” Bartel said, “and I would like that to change.”

Bartel said people tell him all the time that he should stop handing out tickets, but what they really mean is that he should stop giving tickets to them in particular. People need to understand, he said, that campus parking would be chaotic without parking enforcers.

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