I was in this situation today, I was in a store grabbing a juice, had parked the car in fire route. But from inside the store I have direct view of my car in case anything happens. Less than a minute suddenly I noticed a parking officer started writing a ticket to my car, so I got out of the store immediately without placing order. I told the officer that I am leaving, got into my car, and he stood in front of the car preventing me from driving off, then came to the side asked me to roll down the window and started asking me why I parked there, the consequences, etc. I kept telling him I only just stepped out of the car and that I am willing to leave right away. During that time he continues to write his ticket, after at least 30 seconds he finished writing the ticket and handed it to me.
Can parking officer stop you from leaving? I was IN MY CAR while he gives me the ticket. And what actual power do they actually have so that the next time I won't be afraid to confront them, thanks.