Don’t Get Tricked Into Paying Someone Else’s Parking Ticket
Do not fall for this trick.
The other day, I saw a parking ticket on the windshield of an acquaintance’s car and brought it to their attention.
Since their vehicle was parked perfectly legally, their response was predictably, “What the hell?!?”
After checking out the ticket, we thought the ticket writer had really screwed up. The license plate was wrong. The vehicle make was wrong. The violation was for an expired parking meter, but the driver had a legitimate disabled parking placard so that didn’t seem right. What the heck was going on?
Then the heavy hand of realization smacked us across the face.
The evil driver who had actually received the parking ticket had slapped the bright orange envelope on another person’s car hoping and praying that driver would not check the details on the violation and just pay the $50 fine.
Rumors about this type of trick has popped up a few times before. But this type of scumbaggery was chalked up as a rarity, perhaps something akin to a Bigfoot or UFO sighting.
But maybe it’s not that rare after all.
The takeaway from this incident is to always read your parking ticket carefully.
Because, first and foremost, if the ticket writer made any errors filling out the violation (wrong date, time, location of the violation, make, license plate or license plate expiration) it can be grounds for dismissal when contested.
Secondly, as evidenced by the above case, drivers need to make sure they are not paying another driver’s ticket.
In other words, be careful out there.