A man recently wondered if he was wrong for taking revenge on a petty parking clerk who wouldn’t answer his questions. He just wanted to be told what the car parking ticket was for. Here’s what the mistreated motorist said.
The Hard Parking Situation
A long time ago, during the 1990s, in a city in the northern part of the Midwest, this man had a tough time finding a parking spot near his apartment close to a university. You could only park on the street, and it was really hard to find a free spot. Sometimes he got a ticket for parking illegally, and sometimes he didn’t.
The Mysterious Ticket
One day, he got a strange parking ticket that said “Violation 27”. But there was no explanation about what he did wrong or what “Violation 27” meant. He didn’t understand why he got the ticket.
He Tried to Get Answers
Confused, he went to the office to ask about it, but the clerk was not nice at all. She was rude and unhelpful. He thought it was only fair to ask why he got the ticket, but she refused to give him any information and even said, “We don’t have to tell you!”
He Got Upset
He couldn’t believe how he was treated. He asked if someone else could help him, and she suggested the prosecutor’s office. This made him really angry, so he left the office without doing anything more.
He Decided to Fight
He decided that he wouldn’t pay for the ticket. Instead, he was determined to fight it. He went to the library and did a lot of research to understand the laws and rules. He spent a lot of time reading and learning.
He Faced the Court
Then he went to court. “The prosecutor graciously offered to let me pay the ticket plus court costs to make this go away. Uh, it’s only a parking ticket. I’m already here. Why bother?” he said. He was ready to fight and then his turn to speak came.
He Followed Through With His Plan
He told the judge, “Your honor, I move to dismiss the ticket based upon a Due Process violation of the 14th Amendment.” In simpler words, he explained that he was being accused of something without being told what it was. This surprised the prosecutor a lot as she didn’t see it coming.
The Judge’s Decision
The judge was impressed and said she had been waiting for someone to bring up this issue. She was clearly on his side. A few weeks later, he got a letter saying that the city had made a mistake. They didn’t tell him what he did wrong, so the ticket was not valid. He didn’t have to pay anything. The judge agreed with him, and he won his case.
Was He Right to Fight for His Right?
Not only did he win, but his victory meant that all other tickets with “Violation 27” were also thrown out. So, all the tickets that were given without explaining the reason were no longer valid. In the end, he was proud of his success.
One online user said, “That judge was like a kid in a candy store that day.”
Another person wrote, “Every judge in the county heard about that. In this instance, they may just have stood up and applauded.”
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