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(Chicago Trib)   Vengeful boyfriend parks woman's car in employee lot at O'Hare airport for three years, racking up $100,000 in parking tickets. City of Chicago to woman: SHUT UP AND PAY US   (chicagotribune.com) divider line 96
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2013-04-11 12:57:43 AM
While the judge has implored all sides to reach a settlement, the city said it had previously offered to resolve the matter for just $4,460, including $2,000 for parking tickets and penalties Fitzgerald had incurred on a different vehicle. The rest of the payout would resolve the more than $100,000 in tickets that piled up at O'Hare.

Fitzgerald said she rejected the offer because Preveau refused to pay his share.


Seriously? They offered to settle for two cents on the dollar, including your previous offenses, not lock her contemptible ass up for ignoring the summonses for years, and she still wants some parking court cop to babysit her and whatever idiot had the poor judgement to date her?

It's a pretty cold day in Houston when I find myself rooting for the parking police, but, LOCK THE IDIOT UP.
 
2013-04-11 01:08:44 AM
How does a vehicle not get towed/impounded at some point before racking up even, say, four-figures in fines?
 
2013-04-11 01:17:11 AM

gameshowhost: How does a vehicle not get towed/impounded at some point before racking up even, say, four-figures in fines?


It's Chicago.
 
2013-04-11 01:18:37 AM

MisterTweak: They offered to settle for two cents on the dollar


Yes they did. And I'm glad she didn't accept it. You don't negotiate with terrorists, even if the terrorists are the government.
 
2013-04-11 01:21:37 AM

doglover: gameshowhost: How does a vehicle not get towed/impounded at some point before racking up even, say, four-figures in fines?

It's Chicago.


Point taken.
 
2013-04-11 01:38:27 AM
C'mon yer onner. "Reach a settlement"? How about, "You, pay up, then off to jail. And you, what did you do to try to contact this woman?"
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2013-04-11 01:53:21 AM
This frightens me that it is becoming a trend, as not too long ago there was a similar story.
 
2013-04-11 02:25:09 AM
I saw something like that happen down here. Along a main highway I used to take to work, a compact, older car broke down and was pulled onto the shoulder of the road by a patch of woods.

As the days went by, tickets started appearing on the windshield. More and more tickets. The tag vanished. More tickets. Someone smashed out the drivers side window. More tickets. Someone smashed the rear window. Even more tickets. Days turned into weeks and finally, after about a month, the car vanished.

I think the city towed it to impound, where they could charge the owners $50 or $60 a day storage fees.

I once got a ticket for an expired inspection sticker and, upon talking to my brother, who was a cop, found out that I could drive down the road and get another ticket for the same thing from a different cop -- even if I showed him my current ticket. He said I could get tickets all day long or until I got the car inspected.

Cities get downright nasty when it comes to revenue.
 
2013-04-11 02:29:44 AM
While the judge has implored all sides to reach a settlement, the city said it had previously offered to resolve the matter for just $4,460, including $2,000 for parking tickets and penalties Fitzgerald had incurred on a different vehicle.


Ok, I was beginning to feel sorry for this woman but now it just seems she's just simply lazy/incompetent.
 
2013-04-11 02:32:19 AM
I am not in any way defending the parking asspipes who never bothered to question a car clearly abandoned in the lot sitting under a snowdrift of tickets and just said "Yup. Illegal. Better add another ticket to the pile," but at what point did this woman *not* call the police or the airport authority or United or even the local TV news and say "My car is trapped in a lot accumulating tickets and I cannot get at it?"
 
2013-04-11 02:32:31 AM
I like this boyfriend. If he has a newsletter, I'm interested
 
2013-04-11 02:50:19 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I am not in any way defending the parking asspipes who never bothered to question a car clearly abandoned in the lot sitting under a snowdrift of tickets and just said "Yup. Illegal. Better add another ticket to the pile," but at what point did this woman *not* call the police or the airport authority or United or even the local TV news and say "My car is trapped in a lot accumulating tickets and I cannot get at it?"


She did, to no avail. Here's the original November, 2012 thread. The article gives more details than the one for this thread.
 
2013-04-11 03:19:44 AM

Bathia_Mapes: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I am not in any way defending the parking asspipes who never bothered to question a car clearly abandoned in the lot sitting under a snowdrift of tickets and just said "Yup. Illegal. Better add another ticket to the pile," but at what point did this woman *not* call the police or the airport authority or United or even the local TV news and say "My car is trapped in a lot accumulating tickets and I cannot get at it?"

She did, to no avail. Here's the original November, 2012 thread. The article gives more details than the one for this thread.


Fark Chicago sideways. They break their own rules to goldbrick this lady. Best just steer clear.
 
2013-04-11 03:30:43 AM

doglover: MisterTweak: They offered to settle for two cents on the dollar

Yes they did. And I'm glad she didn't accept it. You don't negotiate with terrorists, even if the terrorists are the government.


She's also dodging $2K worth of tickets she racked up on her own, with another car.

Her excuse is bullshiat. She could have gotten into that parking lot if she'd gone through airport management.

City should have towed the thing and let her deal with the impound fees.  But those are capped, aren't they?
 
2013-04-11 03:38:50 AM

Bathia_Mapes: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I am not in any way defending the parking asspipes who never bothered to question a car clearly abandoned in the lot sitting under a snowdrift of tickets and just said "Yup. Illegal. Better add another ticket to the pile," but at what point did this woman *not* call the police or the airport authority or United or even the local TV news and say "My car is trapped in a lot accumulating tickets and I cannot get at it?"

She did, to no avail. Here's the original November, 2012 thread. The article gives more details than the one for this thread.


Jesus farking Christ, what a bunch of assholes.
 
2013-04-11 03:39:39 AM

BarkingUnicorn: Jesus farking Christ, what a bunch of assholes.


Right?
 
2013-04-11 04:35:39 AM

doglover: BarkingUnicorn: Jesus farking Christ, what a bunch of assholes.

Right?


Get back in your bunker before the missiles launch. ;-)
 
2013-04-11 04:42:07 AM

BarkingUnicorn: doglover: BarkingUnicorn: Jesus farking Christ, what a bunch of assholes.

Right?

Get back in your bunker before the missiles launch. ;-)


My bunker is a second storey wooden shoebox.
 
2013-04-11 05:14:26 AM
This is one of those cases where someone, somewhere, has the authority to say "this is bullshiat and I'm going stop this." but instead they choose not to.
 
2013-04-11 05:37:33 AM
Fat people problems.
 
2013-04-11 06:36:21 AM

doglover: Bathia_Mapes: Mr. Coffee Nerves: I am not in any way defending the parking asspipes who never bothered to question a car clearly abandoned in the lot sitting under a snowdrift of tickets and just said "Yup. Illegal. Better add another ticket to the pile," but at what point did this woman *not* call the police or the airport authority or United or even the local TV news and say "My car is trapped in a lot accumulating tickets and I cannot get at it?"

She did, to no avail. Here's the original November, 2012 thread. The article gives more details than the one for this thread.

Fark Chicago sideways. They break their own rules to goldbrick this lady. Best just steer clear.


Damn! She really is justified. Short of hiring the A-Team to bust her car out of the locked parking lot or finding someone in Chicago with a clue (like that is going to happen) she was stuck.
 
2013-04-11 06:37:34 AM
Why take the car out of the lot when the tickets add to some ticket writer's revenue goal.

Chicagoland is not my favorite part of the world.
 
2013-04-11 06:41:15 AM
The judge ended up dismissing the lawsuit after concluding that Fitzgerald's attorney hadn't done all he could do to first fight the tickets with the city's Administrative Hearings Department, but he gave Fitzgerald's attorney about another month to refile the lawsuit while urging all the parties in the meantime to try to reach a settlement.

"Cocksuckers look out for each other.  Give us money."
 
2013-04-11 06:50:55 AM

Rik01: I saw something like that happen down here. Along a main highway I used to take to work, a compact, older car broke down and was pulled onto the shoulder of the road by a patch of woods.

As the days went by, tickets started appearing on the windshield. More and more tickets. The tag vanished. More tickets. Someone smashed out the drivers side window. More tickets. Someone smashed the rear window. Even more tickets. Days turned into weeks and finally, after about a month, the car vanished.

I think the city towed it to impound, where they could charge the owners $50 or $60 a day storage fees.

I once got a ticket for an expired inspection sticker and, upon talking to my brother, who was a cop, found out that I could drive down the road and get another ticket for the same thing from a different cop -- even if I showed him my current ticket. He said I could get tickets all day long or until I got the car inspected.

Cities get downright nasty when it comes to revenue.


Were you actually assuming that if you got a ticket for the failed inspection you were absolved from further tickets for that offence?
 
2013-04-11 06:52:29 AM
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Is the boyfriend's name Barney?
 
2013-04-11 07:00:51 AM
Even though I can't find myself siding with the woman completely - this seems very illegal.  THREE YEARS?  How did the fines even get into four figures (yet alone six!) before being towed or removed as an abandoned car?

I can't see any reason whatsoever to have to pay as much as the car is worth in fines - much less five to ten times that amount.
 
2013-04-11 07:01:53 AM
Learn this lesson, and learn it well Farkers, NEVER give away a car titled in your name, and NEVER, EVER, let someone drive with your license plates. I had an old junker minivan that I gave away on the condition that my "buddy" title the vehicle in his name. So I signed the title, handed it over, and forgot about it. Farker never bothered to title the thing in his name. I only found out when I got the renewal for the license plates. I told him that he needed to title the car in his name, or give it back. Then I learned that he was letting his friend drive the car; someone I didn't know. I was P*ssed! Then when I told him "just title it in his name!" he told me he couldn't because he lost the title that I'd signed.

At that point I said that I wanted the car back, or I was going to report it stolen. I had to have a real friend drive me 40 miles one way to get it back, only to find it sitting with two flats. The mother farker who had it, slashed two tires! Why only two, I'll never know. Regardless, I jacked it up, took off the tires, and got cheap replacements at a local junk yard. The coward never showed his face.

Karma kind be kind though.... in weirdish ways. About a year latter I still had the thing and while I was stopped at a red light a semi cut the corner too sharp while making a turn and took the front end off. in. very. slow. motion.

I got a thousand dollars from the semi truck's insurance company to total the thing out.

/wow, that turned in a "cool story bro"
//how did that happen?
 
2013-04-11 07:04:14 AM
In related news, THIS had a boyfriend?

www.trbimg.com

DO NOT WANT.
 
2013-04-11 07:06:01 AM
atomicgator.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-04-11 07:17:33 AM
City: You owe us $100,000 for your $600 car.
Me: Keep it.
 
2013-04-11 07:22:23 AM

ElPresidente: In related news, THIS had a boyfriend?



DO NOT WANT.


No kidding. Who could ever leave that?


/sheesh
 
2013-04-11 07:23:32 AM
Yeah, at some point they should have simply impounded and sold the car off and waved the fines...

However, if she's going to file a lawsuit, I say it should be against the boyfriend.  Make him pay for that.
 
2013-04-11 07:26:52 AM

Arthur Jumbles: She really is justified.


This is why when this kind of shiat happens I'd like to see the president take a little break from the usual politics and shiat like that and just roll up into Chicago in THE BEAST with full military honor guard as well as every Secret Service guy they can call up, like 1000 people with uniforms, medals, suits, and rifles, with news helicopters filling the sky and people thronging in the streets and march right up to the mayor's office with all these freakin' people around and live on international television just plop down at the mayor's desk, put his feet up on it, and say "Lucy, you got some 'splainin to do." and then tear him a new one so big we can advertise the remains of the mayor's rectum as Grand Canyon 2: Electric Boogaloo.

Not just this case, but if it can happen to one woman, it can happen to other people, and probably has, and the president should really just step in like Zeus and pretty much warn them they're in violation of state and federal laws and by god if they don't want to spend the rest of their natural lives in solitary confinement in Gitmo they should clean up their act. Party's over.

Short of that kind of overwhelming show of force and a few scape goats, I don't think shiatholes of corruption will clean up their act. Chicago's been a lost cause since before prohibition. I'm sure it's a lovely town to eat and drink in, but stories like this pop up so often it's clear they're as crooked as a staircase with scoliosis.
 
2013-04-11 07:28:01 AM

ElPresidente: In related news, THIS had a boyfriend?

[www.trbimg.com image 580x439]

DO NOT WANT.


she looks like season one counselor Troi decided to eat the counselor Trois from the other six season.
 
2013-04-11 07:30:03 AM
As Mythdragon said, just keep the damn car.
 
2013-04-11 07:31:52 AM
What, no HERO tag for the ex?
 
2013-04-11 07:34:18 AM

Cerebral Knievel: Rik01: I saw something like that happen down here. Along a main highway I used to take to work, a compact, older car broke down and was pulled onto the shoulder of the road by a patch of woods.

As the days went by, tickets started appearing on the windshield. More and more tickets. The tag vanished. More tickets. Someone smashed out the drivers side window. More tickets. Someone smashed the rear window. Even more tickets. Days turned into weeks and finally, after about a month, the car vanished.

I think the city towed it to impound, where they could charge the owners $50 or $60 a day storage fees.

I once got a ticket for an expired inspection sticker and, upon talking to my brother, who was a cop, found out that I could drive down the road and get another ticket for the same thing from a different cop -- even if I showed him my current ticket. He said I could get tickets all day long or until I got the car inspected.

Cities get downright nasty when it comes to revenue.

Were you actually assuming that if you got a ticket for the failed inspection you were absolved from further tickets for that offence?


for at least 24 hours, yes....
 
2013-04-11 07:35:09 AM

doglover: MisterTweak: They offered to settle for two cents on the dollar

Yes they did. And I'm glad she didn't accept it. You don't negotiate with terrorists, even if the terrorists are the government.



i48.tinypic.com
 
2013-04-11 07:41:40 AM
When she finally wins she is gonn be all like

www.itravelgotraveltoo.com

yaaaaay
 
2013-04-11 07:42:37 AM
Isn't this a repeat from a few months back?
 
2013-04-11 07:44:24 AM

doglover: Arthur Jumbles: She really is justified.

This is why when this kind of shiat happens I'd like to see the president take a little break from the usual politics and shiat like that and just roll up into Chicago in THE BEAST with full military honor guard as well as every Secret Service guy they can call up, like 1000 people with uniforms, medals, suits, and rifles, with news helicopters filling the sky and people thronging in the streets and march right up to the mayor's office with all these freakin' people around and live on international television just plop down at the mayor's desk, put his feet up on it, and say "Lucy, you got some 'splainin to do." and then tear him a new one so big we can advertise the remains of the mayor's rectum as Grand Canyon 2: Electric Boogaloo.

Not just this case, but if it can happen to one woman, it can happen to other people, and probably has, and the president should really just step in like Zeus and pretty much warn them they're in violation of state and federal laws and by god if they don't want to spend the rest of their natural lives in solitary confinement in Gitmo they should clean up their act. Party's over.

Short of that kind of overwhelming show of force and a few scape goats, I don't think shiatholes of corruption will clean up their act. Chicago's been a lost cause since before prohibition. I'm sure it's a lovely town to eat and drink in, but stories like this pop up so often it's clear they're as crooked as a staircase with scoliosis.


I think I love you.

/I feel dirty now cause I am a guy... it's manlove, I promise, not the gay kind though.
//would loooooove to see that happen
//oh yes... newsletter and all that please.
 
2013-04-11 07:45:36 AM
When she couldn't get the car back, the smart answer would have been to report it stolen.
 
GBB
2013-04-11 07:46:00 AM

BigBooper: Learn this lesson, and learn it well Farkers, NEVER give away a car titled in your name, and NEVER, EVER, let someone drive with your license plates.


We traded in a junker we bought from a friend.  Purchase price was the cost of transferring the title.  Not important.  We traded the car in months later at a big name, "reputable" dealer franchise in the Orlando area.  *cough* Classic *cough*  Several months after that, we got a collections notice in the mail from a tow service for storage and disposal fees.  I called and asked what that was all about.  They asked if I owned the junker and explained that they were called by Orlando PD because the car was found abandoned on a city street.  They eventually claimed title and then destroyed the car because they couldn't get ahold of us (never once got a notice in the mail from them, but their collection agent was able to track us down at the address on the registration??).  I told them I traded it in months ago.  They correctly guessed the dealership.  All I had to do was provide the odometer certification slip from trading it in.  Guess which peice of paperwork wasn't included in our trade-in package.  When I called, they couldn't find it.  When I showed up in uniform after work, they suddenly found it.  Go figure.

Lesson learned: sometimes you can't trust anyone to do anything right.
 
2013-04-11 07:47:58 AM
Municipalities are pricks about parking everywhere. When I was in college, I once parked my car on a public street with free parking. We then entered into a really, REALLY huge snowstorm. Now, I was a student at the time, and rarely had to drive, it was just useful for when I did need to say do grocery shopping. But the storm combined with infrequent driving saw me not drive my car for about 20 days. I returned to my car to find a stack of 20 tickets, totalling well over 500 dollars. They had changed the posting on the road to 2 hour parking, and had been dropping tickets periodically ever since, including through the entire snowstorm (a number were completely soaked through and barely legible). I contacted the parking authority to ask why no attempt was made to even contact me about the fact that my free parking spot was becoming a paid parking spot and their response was that "our parking areas are not meant for car storage." I mentioned the snowstorm, and they said it was my problem, take it up with the magistrate. I spoke to the magistrate's office, and they said to take it up with the parking authority.

This is the same parking authority that 3 years ago gave me a parking ticket in my own driveway during a major event (they have "special event" ticketing where ticket fines are doubled), and then told me I would have to come in, on a work day, between the hours of 10am and 3pm, and pay a fee of 60$ to contest the ticket. Despite having photographic evidence that they had not only trespassed on my property, and my car was very clearly legally parked.

Fark parking tickets. Fark them right in the ear.
 
2013-04-11 07:48:21 AM
Where is Jay Leno when you need him.  Only he could appreciate a $100K Monte Carlo.
 
kab
2013-04-11 07:57:44 AM
 
2013-04-11 07:59:35 AM

kab: Meanwhile, elsewhere in Chicago

Great country.


media.commercialappeal.com

Approves.
 
2013-04-11 08:02:35 AM

Cerebral Knievel: Were you actually assuming that if you got a ticket for the failed inspection you were absolved from further tickets for that offence?


Step 1. Cop writes ticket for failed inspection.
Step 2. Cop calls cop friends, has them line up every 100 yards farther down along the same road.
Step 3. Each cop in turn pulls over same car, writes new failed inspection ticket.
Step 4. Profit!
 
2013-04-11 08:12:22 AM
Armchair lawyer-judge show afficianado:  She has to pay Chi Town, then sue the boyFRIEND (ala "Young Frankenstein) for the amount.  Nah, probably not, for that amount of dough.

Meh.
 
2013-04-11 08:16:12 AM

"I think it's just a big misunderstanding," Fitzgerald told reporters later. "I could not get into that lot to move the car. He had the car keys, he had everything."



Well, everything she didn't eat.
 
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