Many Downtown Spokane shoppers play a continuous game of cat and mouse with parking enforcement, avoiding the officers in hope of avoiding tickets. But, this holiday season, if you're in the right place at the right time, you and an officer might have a very different interaction.
This is the city's parking enforcement Secret Santa program.
?When people are first coming downtown to shop, if we happen to be there at the same time when they're just parking, we put some time on the meter for them,? Parking Enforcement Officer Rich Kridler.
Here's how it works: If Kridler or any other enforcement officer is around when you arrive downtown, they will put time on your meter, and you won't have to pay.
What they won't do is feed your meter while you shop, or give you a free pass if they find your meter expired.
Kridler says it's a welcome change to have positive interactions with shoppers.
?We get a few people who are excited, its kind of a nice change of pace, it makes them feel good about coming downtown,? Kridler said.
So this holiday season, when you see a parking enforcement officer, your day might just get a little merrier.