Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Man Spends $7,500 to Fight $115 Parking Ticket

NEW YORK (AP) -- A retired New York City man says he's spent $7,500 fighting a $115 parking ticket because he's got "nothing else to do."

Former electrical hardware firm vice president Simon Belsky says he was erroneously ticketed two years ago.

The 63-year-old says the ticket cites his van for blocking a Brooklyn fire hydrant even though the only hydrant on the street was down the block.

The November 2006 fine has ballooned from $115 to about $200 with penalties.

Belsky was in court last week and is due back Feb. 2. He says if he wins he'll file a civil suit against the city to recover the $7,500 he's spent on legal work.

He says if any compensation is awarded he'll donate it to educational programs.


Anonymous said...

Ok, and this is the bloc the machine appeals to and one of the reasons they get elected over and over again.

Anonymous said...

at least someone is fighting the machine it is a huge challange good luck

Barry Popik said...

Good Lord! $7,500! Did he hire a Manhattan legal firm? All he had to do was to take pictures (probably about $10) and get free public information about fire hydrants.