A parking ticket mystery


To the Editor:

I usually go a whole year without a parking ticket, and when it does happen, it’s usually due to the summer contest of finding a parking space, if at all. This year, I got two, amounts which I usually deduct from annual contributions to the Oak Bluffs or Tisbury police. I am always good about quick payment to avoid any issues.

Just this week, I received an overdue notice that an August ticket had gone unpaid. The usual emotionless form letter, with the requisite information, amount due, and appropriate warning, always in capital letters.

This is where online banking is a plus, and some amount of recollection. I was able to find a copy of the associated check, showing the ticket number, and the deposit stamp from the Martha’s Vineyard Parking Clerk, sans the apostrophe, also missing in the balance of the correspondence. In my brief correspondence to the MVPC, with a copy of the check, front and back, I mentioned my annoyance at their mistake. Of as much interest was the fact that the “Date of Notice” was 12/12/2013, while the postmark was 1/6/2014. An elapsed time of 25 days. I requested a formal response that this issue has been resolved. How do these things happen? Be diligent. Stay tuned.

Peter Landry

Oak Bluffs