You hate my job: Giving out parking tickets

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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. Marketplace begin's a new series, You Hate My Job with a transportation profession. 


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. "The faster you do it... the more you can avoid so much confrontation," she says. At one point, Day even likens herself to the grim reaper before touting the safety benefits of parking tickets and explaining how she gets used to being called foul names all day longs. 

"You don't want to eat where you give people tickets, you might get ecoli or something," Day advises. 

Listen to the full audio segment from Marketplace to ride along with her on the job.