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Today only: Amnesty granted to illegal Portland parkers

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You've probably said it before - are the downtown Portland "meter maids" incapable of mercy?

Today, on Christmas Eve, the city's parking enforcers are being more than merciful - they're being downright cheery.

Downtown shoppers who go over their meter time are still getting the infamous yellow parking ticket envelope on their car windows, but what's on the other side is better than any stocking stuffer. It's a message from Portland Parking Enforcement:

"Don't worry, in the spirit of giving, today's meter citation is on us. To you and yours, Happy Holidays from all of us at Portland Parking Enforcement."

This is the only day Portland Parking Enforcement plans to dole out the Christmas cheer. On Christmas Day, parking in downtown Portland is free because it's a holiday.

But then it's back to normal - feed those meters, or find the abhorred yellow envelope attached to your windshield, giving you one more bill to pay on top of all those holiday credit card charges.

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