I just got a notice of delinquent parking violation. It claims that I have failed to respond to a traffic citation issued on October 7, 2008 at 228 Serrano Drive.
Here's the problem. 228 Serrano Drive is in San Francisco. I've never driven this new car to San Francisco. The reason I did not respond to the citation is that I did not receive it. Doubtless some traffic-ticketing moron copied down the plate number wrong.
I can produce court records showing that on October 7 I was in court for two different hearings in Los Angeles.
Will this move the San Francisco MTA bureaucracy? Highly unlikely. I will try. They will probably claim that I have defaulted on any protest since I did not respond to the ticket left under the windshield wiper of some car in San Francisco. They will probably rubber-stamp a denial. And eventually, unless I want to spend a ridiculous amount of time and money to make an issue of it, I'll probably have to pay the ticket and a penalty to avoid suspension of my license.
That's the way bureaucratic thuggery works.
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