Only in America
CHICAGO -- It sounds like the ultimate recipe for road rage:
A ticket for parking at a meter that was installed after you park your car.According to a spokeswoman for the city's revenue department it was all just an innocent mistake. Efrat Dallal said the vehicles were parked on a stretch of roadway where the meters were temporarily removed during street construction. Then, she said, the meters were put back and the vehicles parked in front of them were ticketed.But some motorists wondered if that was the case after at least one of the tickets was apparently postdated several hours after it was placed on a car."The city is strict enough in its parking restrictions already," said Vince Tessitore. "Chicago gets plenty of revenue ticketing people by legal means without having to be deceptive."Police department spokesman Dave Bayless said the department employee, whom he said is a traffic aide and not a sworn officer, said she mistakenly put the wrong date on the ticket.Whatever happened, none of those ticketed on that short stretch of West Illinois Street last Tuesday night will have to pay up, Dallal said.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.