New Yorker James Allan parks his car in front of his house everyday and, for 13 years, he hasn’t encountered any problems with it. So what makes this story interesting?
Well, Allan returned home one day and found a $60 parking ticket slapped on his windshield because he parked in front of a "No Parking" sign. What? How can he park his car in the same spot for 13 years and only get a parking ticket today? The answer, of course, lies somewhere between the lines. Last Monday, the local Department of Transportation installed a "No Parking At Any Time" sign right next to Allan’s car and promptly gave it a ticket. That’s right. The car was there at the same spot it has always been for the last 13 years and when the DoT planted the sign, they gave Allan a ticket. When James got home from work, he discovered the newly-erected sign and, much to his shock, a corresponding ticket for his "violation".
Predictably, James will be contesting the ticket in court. "I’m not paying $60 for a sign that wasn’t there," he said. We’re with you on this one, buddy. In fact, if we were in his shoes, we’d be contesting the ticket, too.