I'm sure someone has been ticketed for it. I mean, if you go to Target and park it behind a pillar so it's protected from a crazed motorist and it's not obstructing pedestrians there would really be no reason to even have it be an issue.
Park it where it's an annoyance? sure, some liberal whack off might call a meter maid or 5-0. It's relative, just use yer sense.
I used to work at a Hotel some years ago and I'd let motorcycles park near the office window since I worked Graveyard so I could keep an eye on them and they would be protected. Doesn't hurt to ask, never know if the guy bored with a calculator and wearing a tie is a rider too.
Ahhh, in a world of common sense this is perfectly true. Fortunatly, most of us, and police included, live in that world of common sense. But you just never know when you've caught the attention of that rare person -cops- who have reasons other than common sense. Like revenue collection -aka- a ticket. You just cant leave that out of the mix. It's bad here in CA. I don't even chance it anymore, with a rare
exception of behind that "pillar at Target" where it's partially obscured.
As long as its not in a fire lane or handicap parking, its private parking so the police can't mess with it (I know this from job experience). But Target or whoever owns the property could decide to tow it if they wanted I guess.
You can throw that right out the window. Again, common sense doesn't always rule. The Drivers Handbook for CA says pretty clearly, although parking lots may be private property, if they're open to the public, CA traffic laws apply. That gives cops a huge amount of discretion in any open-to-the-public parking lot. Imagine, how will you answer, (after sacrificing at least 1/2 day to show up in court so you can fight), when the judge asks you -"And what legal
reason do you have for operating a motor vehicle on the sidewalk"?
This is personal experience talking here. The judge pretty much trumps most explainations you may have when he qualifys your response with that one little word. Legal.