July 08, 2004

TOTALLY BULLSHIT! (aka: jozjozjoz's newest parking ticket in L.A.)

Yes, I really did this in 2003.  Now it looks like I have to write a new one.  This was the check I wrote to the City of Fucking L.A. last year because I was mad about a parking ticket I received.

Ok, here's the story of my newest parking ticket. If this isn't total bullshit, I don't know what is...

Yesterday, my brother paged me and said that a piece of mail had come from the L.A. Parking Violations Bureau for me, saying that I had an outstanding parking violation fine that I needed to take care of and that it was already delinquent at this point, so the fine was now $65.

WHAT?!?!

Now, you know very well if I had received a parking ticket, the first thing I would've done was blog about it. Well, I hadn't received any parking tickets in over a year (since my Infamous Check) because I have been going out of my way to avoid them.

Anyway, my brother read off some of the details on the letter, couldn't tell what the violation is actually FOR, but saw that the citation was made on Friday, 6/4/2004 (I have to figure out what time) supposedly at the 2700 block of 8th St in Los Angeles.

On that day, my car was either parked on the street in front of my home (NOT ANYWHERE NEAR that location) or parked in my parking spot at work (also NOT anywhere near that location). My car was nowhere NEAR East Los Angeles that day & in fact, I went out of town that weekend (with the car parked in front of my home) WITH THE ONLY SET OF CAR KEYS TO THAT CAR IN MY PURSE!

Obviously, I never received a ticket on my windshield. My car was also NOWHERE IN THE VICINITY of where the citation was issued! So more than a month later, I get some ticket in the mail saying that not only did I violate some ridiculous parking law in some part of town my car has never ventured, but that the penalty has been increased since I was delinquent in paying a TOTALLY BULLSHIT ticket I knew nothing about?!

FUCK. THAT. SHIT.

I want to contest this, but I have no idea how I can prove my car was where I it actually was and not where they claim it was.

I've consulted several people who basically say that I'm out of luck & that I'd better just pay up now before the fine increases again.

But really. This is beyond fucked up. I will have to rant & rave about all the cool stuff I can buy for $65 and the memo on my next check to The City of Fucking L.A. will be even harsher than the "This ticket was bullshit."

Posted by jozjozjoz at July 8, 2004 11:48 PM

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Comments

can you prove that you were away that weekend?
can people from work vouch that you were there all day? or do you guys have timesheets or clock in/out?
I would try to contest it before the fee goes up and before it is due. This coming from the girl with no driver's license.... But it is the principal of the thing. it was probably someone with similar plate numbers or something and they wrote it down wrong. any way to check the original citation? just a few thoughts.

Posted by: missbrookline at July 9, 2004 08:27 AM

I had a friend go up to an auto show in Detroit last January. In may, the city of Detroit sent a letter saying he owes $85 on a parking ticket he never paid. Thing is, he didn't park the car; a valet service did! He never saw a ticket on his windshield.

He wound up paying, largely since he couldn't prove he didn't park the car. Had I remembered, I would've shared some of your check-writing tips with him.

Posted by: Robert W. Leu at July 9, 2004 10:11 AM

Well you know where I work. :D

Contest it, even if you don't win and you have to pay they won't raise the fine. Just give the judge the facts that you were out of town, and the car was in front of your house all of that weekend. And if need be get a couple of people witness for you, like Yoshi, or a neighbor.

Posted by: Kevin at July 9, 2004 10:57 AM

Joz - On a Friday you were at work. Just write to the city and have a letter from your boss (or ahem - make a letter from your boss).

I got one of those stupid tickets (mine said that I didnt pay a toll on one of those freeways in OC), I wrote the city a letter telling them that I was at work - that I never go to that area, had my boss sign a letter on company letterhead. And never heard back from them again.

Good luck

Posted by: sharky the kid at July 9, 2004 01:39 PM

wow

Posted by: froggie at July 9, 2004 03:49 PM

Sigh, I feel your pain Joz. After this blows over, you might want to befriend someone from the L.A.P.D. or the Police Belevolent Association. Good luck kiddo...tsk!tsk!

Posted by: kinkoman at July 9, 2004 06:28 PM

As an experienced contester, I can tell you that when you contest a ticket you forgo your traffic school rights. If you loose, not only do you have to pay the ticket, but it goes on your record and there's nothing you can do about it. My suggestion is to pay it, unless you know for sure you will win.

Posted by: whatevrnvrmind at July 9, 2004 08:25 PM

i think it's awesome you did that! go you!

Posted by: mickey g at July 10, 2004 10:12 AM

"As an experienced contester, I can tell you that when you contest a ticket you forgo your traffic school rights" -An Experienced Contester would know there IS NO SUCH THING as traffic school for a parking ticket. Contest it. LA rules are that you have to write them a detailed reason why you're contesting it, in most cases they reject your request outright. IF you're lucky you'll get a hearing not with a judje, but an arbitraitor, where you will meet with him/her and explain the facts of the case showing EVIDENCE why you don't deserve to be fined. Guilty until proven otherwise. Welcome to democracy.

Posted by: tar at July 13, 2004 02:32 PM

Fuckit. Contest it. Most times the cop doesn't even show up in court and you have a good chance of winning.

Posted by: Terry at July 14, 2004 08:16 PM

Hey,

I am in a similar situation. A f*cking valet service parked my car and a month later I receive a ticket in the mail. I called the city of Dallas and they told me that there was nothing they could do. BULLS*IT!

I am writing the valet service a letter telling them to pay this fine.

I will report back.

Signed,

Pissed Off

Posted by: JE at August 3, 2004 09:24 PM

those mother fuckers sent me a reply letter to a wrong address, and it passes 21 calendar days to reply!!!!!!!!!!!
so now i have to pay 43 more fucking dollars!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mike at November 9, 2004 05:17 PM

hey there, I was just wondering what happens when you don't pay the fine as I am just trying to sell my car and it has a couple parking tickets on it

Posted by: sean at November 18, 2004 09:53 AM

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