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COURTNEY BLETHEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

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Seattle's confusing parking meters: Pay to 6 p.m., get towed at 3

Tow-truck drivers keep busy on a recent afternoon on First Avenue in downtown Seattle. At precisely 3 p.m., tickets are written, tow trucks move in and cars are swept off to Lincoln Towing's impound lot in the University District. Getting the car back can easily cost a driver $175.