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Parking Ticket - What the H*** (you can fill in the blanks)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

I forgot to share this story with all of you.

Many of you know I have been under tremendous stress this year and things are not getting much better so keep that in mind while reading this.

I had taken my brother to yet another one of his unending doctor's appointments and as we were walking out to my car he says "You've got a ticket on your windshield" emoticon

I take it off and we get in the car and I thought to myself oh well I guess $10 or $15 ticket isn't so bad and then I looked closely at it and it was $150.00 well that just about did me in I was just about to lose it and start bawling like a baby. But I got a hold of myself and called the number at the bottom of the ticket. You see we had parked in a handicap parking space like we always do but we had forgotten to hang Dave's permanent handicap sticker from the rear view mirror. I explained this to the lady and she said we can mail in the tag numbers or just come to their office. It just so happened their office was just a few blocks away and I didn't need anything else hanging over my head so we went to their office. Dave was ready to whip out his credit card to pay and I told him there wasn't going to be any charge. All we had to do was show the handicap tag and they took the numbers from it and his name etc and we were on on way. emoticon

I can laugh about this now but Thursday it was so not funny. We both decided then and there that even if we are not parking in a handicap spot we are going to get in the habit of hanging that tag anyway just to avoid a situation like that again.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MARTYLYNN1 8/15/2012 9:34PM

    I can just imagine how you felt when you saw the $150. Glad it all worked out ok though!

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MSWEEZER 8/12/2012 4:49PM

    Oh boy PJ I can feel your pain but am happy they allowed you to show the proof and not make you pay. I'm actually sorta surprised but happy as well. You've been under enough stress that this was NOT needed. Glad you got your composure and it all worked out. Sending a hug to you and Dave. Weezie

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NELLJONES 8/12/2012 9:48AM

    I'm glad it worked out so well. Personally I'm pleased to see someone policing the use of handicapped spaces.; there are a lot of violators around here, and when I needed it for my hubby when he was in the wheelchair it drove me crazy. And I'll bet you'll never forget to hang the tag again!!

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JEANNE229 8/12/2012 9:19AM

    whew! Sometimes the fates smile on you!

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WALKINGGRANDMA 8/11/2012 10:49PM

    I'm glad you were able to take care of this without a problem. It had to be the last straw for you.

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FISHINGLADY66 8/11/2012 8:59PM

    Bad things happen to GOOD people. I was about to cry with you here. Thank God everything worked out for the best. Maybe it is easier to remember to hang the tag every time you go somewhere. I'm always thinking of you and praying for you. (((Hugs)))

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DAS92687 8/11/2012 8:07PM

    So glad it worked out ... Hoping Dave is feeling good this week :)

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TXGRANDMA 8/11/2012 7:31PM

    So glad that they were willing to forgive that ticket! You are trying to be a good sister and help your brother out........that would have been very discouraging to say the least! Hope that things get better for both of you, soon!

I agree, good habit to get into, hanging the sign from the mirror no matter where you park the car! emoticon

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SPARKLINGHOPE 8/11/2012 7:29PM

    So good they allowed you to show the tag and not have to pay the fine.

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TUFFYBIRD 8/11/2012 7:15PM

    Good grief!!! That you didn't need! I'm glad everything worked out in the end, though. I think it's a good idea to hang the tag no matter where you are - that way you won't forget.

Have I mentioned recently how much I admire what you're doing for/with your brother. I 'm sure he appreciates what a wonderful sister he has. emoticon

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LILYGAL 8/11/2012 6:20PM

    Oh, Lordy, that is the last thing you needed!!! I still have one in my car that was for mom. I guess that I need to get rid of it. My sister also has one that was for mom! Funny, but I'd forgotten about it until I read your blog!

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KNITTABLES 8/11/2012 5:39PM

    emoticon WE always forget to hang out our sign when we have mom with us. So I can understand how you feel. TAkE care.

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GABY1948 8/11/2012 5:37PM

    Great plan....seems like there has been an overabundance of stress around lately and tears...I can totally understand your thoughts...I almost cried with you while reading glad it turned out the way it did.

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/11/2012 5:22PM

    Thank goodness you got out of that situation. You and your brothers are in my daily thoughts.

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JACQUEBO 8/11/2012 5:21PM

    Glad you had the sticker and were able to find the humor after the fact.

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VINGRAM 8/11/2012 4:58PM

    Good idea. Keep there at all times! emoticon

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RHONDALYN10 8/11/2012 4:45PM

    Glad it all worked out!
Funny how things always look differently AFTER the fact!

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