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Philadelphia, Where They’ll Ticket You Before You Even Leave The Car

This is Reason #516 why I don’t have a car… While we understand why Parking Authority agents have to be coldhearted when someone comes rushing up to an expired meter, crying, “Please don’t ticket me! I was just coming out to put in more money…” we also think there has to be a few seconds of grace period between pulling up to a parking meter and being ticketed. But apparently not here in Philadelphia. [More]

Even An Impassioned Plea About Bees In Your Car Won’t Stop You From Getting Ticketed

Even An Impassioned Plea About Bees In Your Car Won’t Stop You From Getting Ticketed

The law is the law, but there are times when you simply have to disobey the rules and hope those charged with enforcing the law will make an exception. Alas, the parking-industrial complex is so jaded that not even a tale involving a bee attack and a possible hive in your vehicle can get you out of trouble. [More]

Colorado Lawmakers Have Magical License Plates That Prevent Them From Getting Tickets

Colorado Lawmakers Have Magical License Plates That Prevent Them From Getting Tickets

Okay, so the license plates given to state legislators in Colorado aren’t actually magical, but they are invisible, at least on the state Dept. of Motor Vehicle database, thus allowing some scofflaw lawmakers (scofflawmakers?) to get out of hundreds of dollars in parking and speeding tickets. [More]

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Because Of A Typo And A Parking Scofflaw, I Can’t Go To Washington D.C. Anymore

Reader Cliff doesn’t have $17,000 worth of erroneous toll violations like the motorist whose story we shared yesterday, but he does have a lot of parking tickets, and they aren’t his. [More]

Watch As City Changes Parking Signs Then Issues Tickets To Cars That Had Been Parked Legally

Watch As City Changes Parking Signs Then Issues Tickets To Cars That Had Been Parked Legally

Finding a parking spot in many major cities can be a pain in the butt, as you not only navigate the streets but have to be mindful of “No Parking,” “No Standing,” and any other number of signs that regulate where, and for how long, you can deposit your car. So once you find a spot and check all the signs, you should be good, right? Not if the city comes by and changes the signs on you. [More]

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Team Of ‘Robin Hoods’ Feeds Parking Meters, Gets Sued

The city of Keene, New Hampshire claims that the problem isn’t the “Robin Hood” brigade of people who feed parking meters in the city in order to save drivers from tickets. No, they can fill meters with coins all day long and the city government claims that it won’t mind. The problem, claims the city, is that the merry band of meter-feeders are harassing and stressing out all three parking enforcement officers and being nuisances while they save residents from tickets. So the city has sued them. [More]

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Hero Or Fool: Man Pays $200 To Appeal $26 Parking Ticket

Here in Philadelphia, parking tickets tend to appear out of nowhere, the Parking Authority’s army of ninja ticket-writers leaving their citations in silence. Many people just fork over the cash, even when the violation is bogus. But not one man, who was willing to spend money to prove his point. [More]

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Chicago Woman Claims There’s No Way She Racked Up Record $105K In Parking Tickets

If there’s a car in your name racking up parking tickets but you haven’t been driving it or parking it, should you have to pay? A Chicago woman who claims her ex-boyfriend registered a $600 clunker in her name insists she shouldn’t be on the hook for the whopping $105,761.80 the city says she owes for the car, which sat in an O’Hare Airport parking lot for three years. [More]

Driver Films Officer Ticketing His Car Even Though Minutes Are Left On Meter

Driver Films Officer Ticketing His Car Even Though Minutes Are Left On Meter

Usually, when someone whips out a camera during a dispute, the other party is reluctant to be filmed. But a man in California who claims to have been ticketed for an expired parking meter — even though there was still time left — found a willing subject in the parking enforcement officer who wrote the ticket. [More]

Cop Claims He Was Only Issuing Tickets To Dead People To Keep Up With Nonexistent Quotas

Cop Claims He Was Only Issuing Tickets To Dead People To Keep Up With Nonexistent Quotas

As my grandma used to say, honesty is the best policy. But you know what else is a pretty good policy? Giving traffic tickets only to people who are actually alive. The cop fired by the New York Police Department says he was issuing summonses to deceased people, but only because he had to fill monthly quotas the NYPD says don’t exist. [More]

San Francisco Drivers Find Out The Hard Way That Parking Meters Didn't Take The Holiday Off

San Francisco Drivers Find Out The Hard Way That Parking Meters Didn't Take The Holiday Off

In many cities, parking meters take a day off on Sundays or on holidays, leaving car owners free of worrying about that dang expired meter. But even though the city of San Francisco added holidays like Labor Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Veterans Day to its list of days where meter fees count in 2010, many residents complained of getting tickets this past Labor Day. [More]

Ripping Up A Parking Ticket In Front Of Police May Get You Tased, Even If You’re Pregnant

Ripping Up A Parking Ticket In Front Of Police May Get You Tased, Even If You’re Pregnant

If you’re upset with the parking ticket you’ve just received, it’s rarely a good idea to rip it up. It’s certainly a bad idea to rip that ticket up in front of the police officer who just wrote it. Ask the pregnant Chicago woman who says police used a stun gun on her after she tore up her citation. [More]

Judge Really Thought No One Would Catch Her Dismissing Her Own Parking Tickets

Silly judge, the law is for everyone, not just the plebeians you rule over on a daily basis. A Pennslyvania Magisterial District judge was totally busted for dismissing her own parking violations, which she racked up with her BMW. [More]

Man Pays Mom's $.10 Parking Ticket 57 Years After It Was Issued

Man Pays Mom's $.10 Parking Ticket 57 Years After It Was Issued

Back in July, we told you about the Michigan man who finally paid a $1 parking from 1975. Well it looks like someone in Nebraska may have wanted to one-up that driver, paying off a 1954 parking ticket for a whopping ten cents. [More]

Mass. Court Rules It's OK For Town To Charge $320 To Appeal Parking Ticket

Mass. Court Rules It's OK For Town To Charge $320 To Appeal Parking Ticket

If you get a parking ticket in Northampton, Mass., don’t appeal it unless you want to bet $320, in addition to the cost of your ticket, that you’ll win. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the town’s appeals process is valid, ruling against a man who appealed two parking tickets and was forced to cough up about $320 in court fees. The original fine was $15. [More]

Parking Ticket Gets Paid, 35 Years Late

Parking Ticket Gets Paid, 35 Years Late

If you found a 35-year-old unpaid parking ticket pressed in a book that you bought in a garage sale, what would you do? An 89-year-old Michigan man who found such a ticket decided that it was his civic duty to mail the $1 ticket back with payment to Orlando, Florida, where it was issued in November of 1975. [More]

Snowed-In Chicago Cars Get Parking Tickets

Snowed-In Chicago Cars Get Parking Tickets

Some Chicagoans who were snowed in during the area’s recent bout of awful weather received a little surprise when they went out to check on their vehicles — $75 parking tickets. [More]

How Do You Handle Undeserved Parking Tickets?

How Do You Handle Undeserved Parking Tickets?

It’s bad enough to be stuck with a parking ticket when you deserved to get dinged, but much worse when you were obeying the rules and still got hammered due to a glitch. [More]