What Sort Of Late Fee Would Be On A 44-Year-Old Parking Ticket Anyway?

A man received a parking ticket and just never paid it – until 44 years later when the guilt was just too much.

By DAVID on July 2, 2018
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This man finally, after 44 years, decided to pay his parting ticket from 1974. He apparently was feeling a little guilty after all this time.

The man, back in 1974, was travelling to Pennsylvania from Ohio. He parked somewhere he shouldn’t have, and was given a ticket. The fine was for just $2. According to this inflation calculator, a $2 fee in 1974 would be worth about 10 bucks today. Still not bad, when compared to our own fees today. Sacramento parking tickets can cost you anywhere between $25 to $445, with a mandatory $12.50 surcharge.

At that time in 1974, the police department couldn’t keep track of out-of-state license plates on cars, so they never followed up with the unpaid ticket. The man, again, was travelling from Ohio, and must have taken advantage of the loophole. Fast forward 44 years, and he finally paid the ticket. He sent $5 ($2 plus interest) and a note, to the police department that issued him the ticket. The note reads “Dear PD. I’ve been carrying this ticket around for 40 plus years, always intending to pay. Forgive me if I don’t give you my info. With respect, Dave.” No word on what penalties would add up to, but check out some more on the ticket here.

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