Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Bloomberg's parking judges out to screw us all
From Fox 5:
Mike and his wife Amy are understandably frustrated. A judge at Parking Violations ordered Mike to pay for tickets a UPS truck is getting.
"I feel it isn't fair," Mike said. "I'm basically being judged to pay something that isn't mine."
Fox 5 talked to the UPS driver.
"Do you mean to say he's actually getting my tickets or something like that?" he said.
Mike, the fellow ordered to pay the tickets, isn't the driver, and has nothing to do with the UPS truck. The UPS guy said his truck gets tickets regularly.
"I get maybe one or two tickets a day," he said.
Yet the bills for some of those tickets are going to Mike Godoy, a Marine and Iraq war veteran. He and Amy, a Brooklyn teacher, feel helpless.
"I'm really worried," Amy said. "We just got married and this is very stressful."
They regularly find late payment notices for the UPS truck's parking tickets in their mailbox.
"I started getting tickets in the mail with late fees and double parking," Mike said. "I didn't even recognize the license plate at first."
Turns out the license plate on the UPS truck ends in JY. But the ticket-writer is putting down something that looks more like JX.
"It seems like the officer is writing sloppy," Mike said.
And that sloppy mistake -- that JX -- traces to a license plate that the Department of Motor Vehicles said Mike once had, but turned in 2007. Although the plates were destroyed, the listing and the connection to Mike remain in the state computer.