My dear gentle readers, I know this AP news story is going to seem like something I made up, but I assure you I found it online at Roadrunner’s News Section. All I did was copy and past it here (emphasis is mine). Please read:
CALUMET, Mich.(AP) Police in this Upper Peninsula town had forgotten about the $1 parking ticket written on Sept. 1, 1976. But the woman who had found it on her windshield hadn’t.
The ticket, a $20 bill and a note arrived at police headquarters last month in a plain white envelope with no return address.
The note read: “I always had good intentions of paying it. I put it aside and every once in a while I would come across it and said `someday I’m going to pay it.’ Now I think it’s time.”
The fine for an unpaid meter violation increased to $5 after 72 hours, said Police Chief David Outinen, but it hadn’t increased beyond that. He told The Daily Mining Gazette of Houghton that he couldn’t remember someone making good on an unpaid ticket after so much time.
The woman apparently hopes her payment closes the matter. “Please don’t try and track me down. I am a respectable lady,” she wrote.
You absolutely have to love that last line, I’m a respectable lady. Like because she had a parking ticket and didn’t pay it, she wasn’t respectable. Well, I’m sure we all have debts we believe should be paid that we haven’t paid (and, yes, my student loans are all paid off). In this day and age of people just shrugging off their responsibitities, this woman should be appaulded. Although, I wonder about that respectable lady part, don’t you?
Do you think she’s now a grandma and wants to set a good example for her grandkids?
Do you think maybe she’s running for office somewhere and needs to pay the fine before the press finds out about a 22 year old parking ticket?
I just wonder.
But, anyway, good for her.