What started with one little parking ticket snowballed into the man having his tax refund and paycheck garnished. He visited the DMV to register a car only a few months after the fateful ticket, and learned that he owed more than $200 in fines and penalties because the city of San Jose apparently doesn’t know how money orders work. He paid the fine again in 2008, but not before $286 of his tax refund was taken and $365 of his wages garnished.
The city of San Jose sent their account of the transactions to CBS Sacramento. It’s a little confusing, but still doesn’t explain how they could lose both payments.
Citation Issued on 12/07/06 on vehicle windshield
Courtesy Notification mailed 12/26/06 – $36 ($66 if paid after 1/09/07)
Final Notification mailed 1/18/07 – $66 ($69 if paid after 02/01/07)
$66 payment received on or before 6/25/08 – short $3
Notification mailed for $3 payment on 6/25/08
Received an additional $69 plus $3 money order on or before 7/25/08
Turbo mailed back the $3 money order on 7/25/08
Turbo mailed a $66 refund check on 8/28/08
The lesson to take home from this, apparently? Make sure your checks are cashed and that you can prove a government entity got your payment.
Call Kurtis: How A $36 Parking Ticket Cost A Driver More Than $800 [CBS Sacramento]