Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hard Living in the Big Easy

As you all must recall, we got this doozy of a parking ticket back in November of last year for leaving our Scion where a movie company wanted to film late at night. I wrote about it here.

I didn't mention at the time that I appealed the ticket.

Well, the Administrative Hearing Center of the City of New Orleans heard our case on April 4th, one of those star-chamber affairs, I reckon.

And we won!

Well, I think we won. Click on the image here and let me know if you think we won. The language could mean we lost. I'm not too certain, but I'm going to be optimistic and think that we won, even if we were "given a final warning"—a "warning" about "what," I'm sure I don't know, for sure.

However, notice the part where "NOT RESPONSIBLE" is circled. Then notice that part that says, "IF YOU MADE PAYMENT AT THE TIME OF CONTESTING AND WERE FOUND NOT RESPONSIBLE, YOU ARE DUE A REFUND. ANY REFUND MUST BE REQUESTED BY YOU."

i HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT  I mean, I have a problem with that. If I am "not responsible," then why, oh, City of New Orleans, do you want my money so badly? Doesn't that make you something of a big, old-fashioned sandlot bully, filching little kids' lunch money?

Then there's the part about the refund ... I have to ask for it back now that I've won the judgment?

Well, you know how much I hate asking anyone for money (donation gadgets notwithstanding). But I will.

In fact, I have. Of course, a person might have thought the appeal itself was a manner of requesting the money back; but I'm going to play by your rules and spell it out in another letter.

The funny thing about all this—I mean, aside from the hilarity of commonplace highway robbery—is that what we wound up appealing turned out to be the twenty-dollar parking ticket. No part of the appeal encompassed the towing charge of $153.00.

It's a little like Bobby not having to pay the annual $15.00 fee for his Residential Parking Permit because of his age, but still having to pay the $40.00 processing fee for his Residential Parking Permit.

Gotta love a city government that functions as its own proud snake-oil salesman.

Or maybe not.

6 comments:

  1. Well, it's about time the good guys won one!  I'm surprised they didn't have "must request refund within 24 hours" in small print.

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  2. They plainly circled "not responsible" so it seems you won the appeal.  The document makes a kind of strange sense to me, even the fact that they want to keep the previous payment just because they would rather keep it than create a refund check.  Re-claiming the $20 wouldn't be worth the stress of going after it, and they know that.    But what final warning?    At least it's final.  

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  3. Now, see how you are. I went back and re-checked ;-)

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  4. Oh, please, don't let it make a kind of sense to you. Don't cross over. Do NOT go into the light, Carol Anne!

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