You hate my job: Giving out parking tickets


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    LA parking enforcement officer Jenny Day, on her beat. 

    - Gina Delvac

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    If called to traffic control, parking enforcement vehicles have cones at the ready. 

    - Gina Delvac

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    Parking enforcement officer Jenny Day, in Downtown Los Angeles with Kai Ryssdal (R). 

Parking enforcement officer Jenny Day, in Downtown Los Angeles.

During the recession and slow economic recovery, most people seem pretty happy just to have a job. Any job.

But there are some jobs in this economy -- in key parts of it, in fact -- that don't get any love. And so we begin our new series, You hate my job.

Jenny Day is a traffic officer -- she patrols the streets, looking for expired parking meters. And she is good at what she does, and has been doing it for nine years.

She's given out thousands of parking tickets... probably more.

Listen to the full audio above to ride along with her on the job.

About the author

Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

Parking enforcement officer Jenny Day, in Downtown Los Angeles.

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