Friday, March 25, 2011

eHow Tells San Francisco 'How' to Get Out of a Parking Ticket

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 7:00 AM

click to enlarge There is no getting out of this ... parking ticket
  • There is no getting out of this ... parking ticket
While killing some time on the Internet, we recently came across a curious article from eHow.com, providing a step-by-step guide on how to outsmart San Francisco's well-trained meter maids.

Anyone who has been on the receiving end of a San Francisco's DPT can attest to these two things: Parking tickets aren't cheap and meter maids are unbeatable enemies.

Nonetheless, we were intrigued, and maybe even hopeful that such a science existed. So we did our own research to find out if in fact we could tap this parking magic.

According to eHow contributor "Deth-Kitty," this is how you get out of a citation:

1. Wait until one week before your ticket is due and "hand-write a letter" to SFMTA, requesting a copy of the original citation.

2. The SFMTA will be unable to produce the original citation, because it just can't keep track of all the tickets it writes. "You would need a room the size of Pac Bell Park just to keep the tickets acrewed [sic] over a years time," writes Deth-Kitty.

3. The SFMTA will sheepishly respond, saying it can't produce the ticket.

4. You then respond, in a hand-written note, that the ticket must then be dismissed. "The grounds for dismissal is Habeas Corpus," explains legal-eagle Deth-Kitty.

And viola! Ticket dismissed?

Nope.

"It's not true," said Paul Rose, spokesman for the SFMTA. "We have reproduced electronic versions of each citation, which we can provide."

Although if you are still looking to dodge payment of a parking ticket, Reddit user dr-phil pointed out that there is another way, albeit it a little more time-consuming than scrawling a note to the MTA.

The Kadampa Buddhist Temple and the SFMTA have set up a partnership, allowing drivers with a stack of parking tickets to work off their debt with a little community service.

As for eHow's claim?

"Don't believe everything that you read," Rose said with a chuckle.

Especially on content farms like eHow.

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