PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A local woman was threatened with a boot on her car if she didn’t pay a parking ticket from Philadelphia.
The things is, she’s never been to Philadelphia.
Doreen Simeone’s daughter got a $106 bill.
Highfield: “Have you ever been to Philadelphia?”
Simeone: “Never in my life.”
Highfield: “Has your daughter ever been to Philadelphia?”
Simeone: “Never in her life. None of us have ever been to Philadelphia.”
Turns out, this has happened before to people in our area. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote about it in the early 2000s.
Simeone was unable to straighten out the situation, but KDKA’s David Highfield got a spokesperson from the Philadelphia Parking Authority to look into the matter.
The ticket was not issued by a parking attendant, but rather a police officer. Police officers there write out tickets by hand, and apparently someone mistook an “X” in the license plate for a “Y.”
That slip up meant Simeone’s daughter got a bill she didn’t deserve.
The spokesperson had it corrected and sent out a new bill with a balance of zero.
Parking attendants in Philadelphia now key digits into a machine, so there’s no chance of misreading someone’s handwriting on their tickets.