This Actually Happened – June 23rd, 2012

Nonsensical Ticket

These are one of those stories that are great, unless you are the unlucky shmuck involved. For the rest of my time on this planet, I will forever remember the City of Temple City as the place where dumb happens. (I know calling the place “The City of Temple City” seems redundant, but that is exactly how the ticket reads!) “Why?” You ask. I’ll tell you; because whoever is in charge of this unnecessary place is a jerk. His police officers are also jerks. The only reason I went to this place of dumb was for work. I pulled into a parking lot, which was seventy-five percent empty, of a supermarket and found an empty space. After completing my duties, I hopped into the car and drove away. A few seconds later, I noticed a pink piece of paper flapping from the windshield wiper. At first I thought it was a flyer for some local business, but I was wrong; it was a parking ticket. How the hell did I get a parking ticket? I was in a freaking parking lot! I pulled over and removed the ticket from the windshield. That’s when I was completely dumbfounded. The violation, in the City of Temple City, was for breaking the “no back-in parking” rule. That’s right; it is illegal to park with the front of your car facing out. Apparently, someone decided that it was safer to have people back out of their respective spaces, rather than drive forward. The worst part is, I didn’t back into the space; the freaking parking lot was basically desolate so I was able to pull into the space, driving forward. I’m probably going to write a letter to the parking authority in the City of Temple City. The letter will be laced with sarcasm and will probably not reduce the $55 charge. Yeah, back-in parking costs fifty five bucks in the City of Temple City. The way I see it, I learned that the City of Temple City is definitely in running for being named the dumbest city on the planet; I only had to pay fifty five American buckaroos! BELIEVE IT OR NOT!

Fuck the City of Temple City!


Published by Peter Teixeira

First and foremost, I enjoy writing stories. I recently completed my first novel, and I successfully co-wrote a short film script, which won the grand prize in the words made easy competition.

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    1. The car radio ticket is pretty ridiculous. After this ticket, I’m afraid to see what else they come up with. I’m guessing we’ll be forced to drive with our seats at a 90 degree angle and I’ll get a ticket for having mine at 89.

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