$525.00 Fine for parking in handicapped parking in Dallas, TX…I’ll NEVER pay it…
So today when I got off work from working 7 days straight I was so tired… But I had put off buying a couple of very important items I needed and I decided to stop at Walmart on the way home…. So I stopped at the Walmart on Forest Lane in Dallas, TX and parked as quickly as I could because it was like 150 degrees and my air condition didn’t work….
I ran into Walmart for all of about 20 minutes and frankly did not pay attention to the fact the spot was supposedly a handicapped spot…..
So when I came back to my car I had a ticket….
I said no sweat I would pay it….
Until I found out that the ticket was over $500 dollars and that Dallas had not only recently criminalized parking violations they had doubled the fine…..
Needless to say I was shocked that a parking violation could immediately be worth over $500 dollars…. And i knew immediately that there was no way I would pay that……
That’s an outrageous fine and one that I believe doesn’t suit the violation…..
I am aware that cities and towns are in budget crunches which has prompted many of them to criminalize violations that are normally civil matters… This is how they get around the federal ban on “debtors prisons”…. See, when the criminalize it- regardless of how minor it is – they immediately reward themselves with the ability to threaten jail time over it…
And to impose extraordinarily high fines on the general public…..
I have never gone to jail…… But this type of behavior by the city/municipality/ county authorities makes me view jail differently… I am not afraid any longer to sit these tickets out…
This is a recession and while I was willing to pay maybe $200 for that ticket half a grand they will never see from me….
So I guess that they will lose in the end anyway because in jail they will have to feed me and I will damn hard to make sure I get my dental done or at least some of it completed…. I’ll just let them know I have a bad toothache while I’m in there…. That will show them….
Instead of getting money they will actually be losing it…. Lolol…
Way to go Dallas!!!! I’m going to take from you every penny I can get!! And thats including the meals and healthcare and dentists…….
In all seriously though, these types of fines only make people lose their reservation of jail…. Only a fool would pay that type of fine……. For a 20 minute parking violation…….
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