Parking ticket written for car with Ohio plates paid after more than 40 years

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Better late than never isn’t a great philosophy to live by when it comes to parking tickets, but one Pennsylvania police department just received payment for a ticket from more than 40 years ago.

Minersville Police Chief Michael Combs said he received a letter last week with the return address of “Feeling guilty, Wayward Road, Anytown, Ca.” Inside was a parking ticket from 1974, $5 in cash and a note.

The note read:

“Dear PD, I’ve been carrying this ticket around for 40 plus years. Always intending to pay. Forgive me if I don’t give you my info. With respect, Dave.”

Chief Combs said the ticket was just $2 when it was written, but the person who paid it added $3 in interest. Today, that ticket would cost someone $20.

“We do appreciate that this individual paid their ticket, and again, we encourage other individuals, if you have an outstanding ticket, please pay them,” Chief Combs told WNEP.

The chief said the ticket was originally written for a car with Ohio plates, but the department didn’t have the technology to track out-of-state cars back in the 1970s, according to WNEP.

Chief Combs also said he would like to find the person who paid the ticket just to say thank you and chat.  

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