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Offline TheQ

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My parking ticket
« on: February 13, 2014, 08:54:30 AM »
I was parked on the street in Lansing one night, outside my house.  As I got in the car the next day to go to work, I discovered LPD had a slow night and had ticketed everyone who was parked overnight on the block (stupid city ordinance about no parking between 2-5).  So, I coughed up the extortion money and used their online payment system.  When I did, I got this email:

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On Thursday, February 13, 2014 8:28 AM, "webmaster@ci.lansing.mi.us" <webmaster@ci.lansing.mi.us> wrote:
Your payment has been APPROVED. Thank you!

We recommend that you keep a copy of this email in a safe place. It may be your only record of this transaction.

If you have questions regarding this payment, please contact:
Parking On-Line          at 5174834239, or E-mail us at webmaster@ci.lansing.mi.us

::: APPROVED PAYMENT DETAILS :::

Payment Date (YYMMDD): 021314
Payment Amount: $9.00
Transaction ID: 10700104276857.601
Order Number: T10320166
Authorization/Approval Code: 05102C
The response message from the card issuing bank was: Card authorized, exact address match with 5 digit zip code.

-- Bill To Information --

Customer Name: Phillip Hofmeister
Address: <Reacted>
Address 2:
Address 3:
Address 4:
City: Lansing
State/Province: MI
Zip/Postal Code: <Redacted>
Country:
Telephone:
Fax:

-- Ship To Information --

Customer Name: Phillip Hofmeister
Address: <Redacted>
Address 2:
Address 3:
Address 4:
City: Lansing
State/Province: MI
Zip/Postal Code: <Redacted>
Country:
Telephone: <Redacted>
Fax:


E-mail: <Redacted>
Comments:

Additional Information: apiVersion : 1.3.700.0


Order Details:



Order:
Item:  T-10320166
Description:  Parking Ticket
Price:  9.00
Quantity:  1
Taxable:  N




____________________

This merchant's payments are protected by Skipjack Financial Services. For information on Skipjack, please visit www.skipjack.com.

This email motivated me to write this response:

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To whomever read this mailbox (if anyone):

This email insults me.  It calls me a "customer".  A "customer" is a voluntary participant of a mutually beneficial transaction.  I am not a "customer" here but rather a victim who has had money extorted out of him by a criminal gang who has threatened to steal my property (my car), if I do not pay their protection money.  I am not a customer, I gained nothing from this transaction other than your organized crime gangs pledge not to gank my car.  You people sicken me.


...then again, I am a State Employee -- basically a member of another criminal gang.  The irony hasn't escaped me.
« Last Edit: February 13, 2014, 09:03:12 AM by TheQ »
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Offline jgillmanjr

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Re: My parking ticket
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2014, 09:17:07 AM »
I also like this:

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We recommend that you keep a copy of this email in a safe place. It may be your only record of this transaction.

That's f'ed up if that may be the only record.
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Offline TheQ

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Re: My parking ticket
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2014, 09:36:40 AM »
I also like this:

That's f'ed up if that may be the only record.

They never claimed it was the only record, just that it *may* be *my* only record...
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Offline Jeff

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Re: My parking ticket
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2014, 09:44:46 AM »
I enjoyed your response to that legal robbery.

What a shame that someone had to be so petty to go and ticket everybody on the street.

Are there even any "no parking between the hours of 2-5" signs up? Do you live off of a main street or something?

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My parking ticket
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2014, 10:03:42 AM »
It's a normal residential road. It's a local ordinance, I am aware of it. There are no signs. The ordinances is only occasionally enforced (when LPD has a slow night).
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Offline part deux

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Re: My parking ticket
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2014, 10:08:19 AM »
My youngest got dinged by one of those in Taylor when she spent the night with her friend, who didn't tell her about the stupid ordinance, and it's not signed on the streets.

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Re: My parking ticket
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2014, 11:02:51 AM »
yeah we have one of those during "snow emergencies" no parking on any street. thankfully we have back alleys we pile our cars into

Offline gryphon

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Re: My parking ticket
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2014, 11:46:36 AM »
My youngest got dinged by one of those in Taylor when she spent the night with her friend, who didn't tell her about the stupid ordinance, and it's not signed on the streets.

Typically there are road signs where you cross the city or town boundary.  I bet Taylor has those just like they do around here.  If you miss those, you won't know.

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Re: My parking ticket
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2014, 11:54:43 AM »
The ordinances is only occasionally enforced (when LPD has a slow night).

I bet they have a lot of slow nights.  The LPD was on COPS once and they only had one event.  A man and woman were caught making out with each other in a car after dark in Washington Park across the street from Ingham Medical Hospital (now McLaren).  LOL