NYC parking ticket scam strikes Columbia University
Whether you call it an ambush, a parking ticket trap, or an NYC parking ticket scam the outcome is the same. The Evil Empire separates you from your hard-earned dough.
I was contacted recently by Joe, a student at Columbia University, with a chilling account of the latest ambush.
Joe returned to his residence one evening and was unable to find parking in front of 528 Riverside Drive in NYC. He drove up the block and turned right onto the Riverside Drive Roundabout. He continued on the Roundabout until he found a vacant parking space. He parked his chariot on the legal side of a parking pole.
How did the NYC parking ticket scam ambush Joe?
The next afternoon when Joe returned to the parking space, his car was gone. Have you ever experienced the indescribable feeling in the pit of your stomach when you see your empty parking space? I know I have.
Joe began his search for the missing vehicle. He eventually located the car in the police pound. Joe paid the ransom and recovered his car.
To his surprise, when Joe carefully examined the parking ticket he observed that the place of occurrence entered on the parking ticket did not describe the location where he parked. Instead, it was a cockamamie detailed description of an illegal parking space on the forbidden side of Riverside Drive.
How did Joe’s nightmare end?
Joe and I worked together to prepare a winning defense to this NYC parking ticket scam. We were able to persuade the Evil Empire that there was absolutely no way anyone would have parked at the scam location entered on the parking ticket.
The Evil Empire dismissed the ticket. Justice was served.
This scam was perpetrated by a rogue warrior and evil elements of a towing company. As a matter of fact when our hero, Joe, called the tow company to inquire about where it picked up his car the night before, the tow-guy cursed Joe and hung up. How’s that for a reasonable response.
The moral to our story is that even when we are right and park in a legal parking space, we can get caught up in an NYC parking ticket scam. The wonderful news is that the judge did the right thing and dismissed the ticket recognizing the scam. Kudos to all the fair-minded judges that do the right thing despite pressure to convict.