Dear City of Marietta: In appreciation for my recent participation in generating income for The Square merchants, and thereby increasing the City of Marietta tax revenues, I received a gift from you. Absolutely nothing says “You’ve overstayed your welcome” like a parking ticket for remaining in one place too long (in the lot by the Marietta Welcome Center).
Insult to injury was awarding the same prize to my cousin who came down from Chattanooga. So thanks very much, Marietta. You’ve seen the last nickel I’ll ever spend downtown.
Maybe you should change the city signs to read “Welcome to Marietta — give us your money and GET OUT.”