a parking meter on spruce street

Life pro tip: Parking tickets are only $5 if you park off campus. 

I get it. Maybe I should have taken the extra minute to search between my seat cushions for a few more coins. Maybe I could have run back to the car faster. Regardless: the time in the meter ran out. 

But does a parking meter that’s been expired for less than five minutes seriously warrant a $20 ticket?

Obviously parking tickets are a necessary evil. But is it really necessary to bankrupt already broke college kids for parking?