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It's that time of year again when the City of Spokane sends out their parking enforcement officers to play "Secret Santas." It's that time of year again when the City of Spokane sends out their parking enforcement officers to play "Secret Santas."
SPOKANE, Wash. -

It's that time of year again when the City of Spokane sends out their parking enforcement officers to play "Secret Santas."

Every year on Black Friday the officers hit the streets to plug the meters of unsuspecting shoppers and visitors in downtown Spokane.

"They'll look at a vacant parking spot and when someone pulls in they'll go and pay the parking for them right on the spot," says Pradeep Hatcher, Asst. PIO for the City of Spokane.

It's the luck of the draw as the nine enforcement officers scour the streets through the month of December giving back to the community in an effort to encourage people to shop downtown.

This doesn't mean you never have to pay your meter or should you let it expire. The parking "Secret Santas" approach people when they're first arriving and plug their meter for the first two hours, after that feeding your meter is up to you.

Last year more than four hundred dollars was given back to the community in the form of free parking. All the money used to pay for free parking is taken from funds collected regularly for metered parking.

"It's a goodwill effort. A way to say thank you to people for visiting downtown," says Hatcher.

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