Seattle is many things that I love, but also has a tendency to do some truly frustrating things.
Parking is rough in town. Seattle has progressively done things to actually make it worse. The markings of where it is legal to park are more complicated than they used to be. The ticket dispenser meters are trickier to use properly than the old meters were. The timing of when one can actually park in need of paying has been extended. The cost of parking meter tickets is more expensive than it once was.
The other night I drove around for over 20 minutes trying to find parking, a fairly common occurrence.
I do not trust Seattle to not pounce at the last minute to write as many tickets as possible. So, with 2 minutes left til the free parking time I plugged in a quarter and paid for the two minutes.