I’ve had my fair share of fines/tickets, I admit… .A red light once, a speeding one once, a few more parking tickets than I would like. But this past weekend I received a parking fine that I knew, indisputably, was issued wrongly.
My boyfriend has been training for a triathlon for the past 2 months so we decided to go for a swim at Elwood Beach on Sunday. I paid the most ridiculous fee of $4.40 per hour and went down to the sand with my book.
I came back 5 minutes before my parking expired and noticed a car a couple of spots away from me had a ticket on the windscreen so I thought I would have a look at the timestamp to see if there were inspectors around. The ticket said 5:24pm.
So I put some more money in, until 6:25pm. We jumped back in the car at 6:19pm happily thinking I don’t have to pay for anymore parking when bam! My world stopped (sorry, I have a flair for the dramatic). There flapping in the wind was a parking fine. I stopped. Grabbed it. Looked at it. And laughed. It was the SAME parking ticket I had spied on before!
I only realised this because of the time stamp. 5:24pm. If I hadn’t checked it properly, I may have paid for it because the car make was Toyota. Same as ours. But of course the registration was different.
This situation could’ve had a few outcomes.
1: I could’ve paid it and been out of pocket $72.00
2: I could’ve found another car and put it on theirs – but I didn’t because I’m not an asshole
3: I keep it and let the actual driver cop the fine plus the late administration fee – because even though I’m not an asshole, this driver deserves it.
I called the local council and told them to put a note on that infringement number if the driver tries to get out of it with the excuse “But I never got it!” because maybe I am a bit of an asshole.