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Parking Ticket Error Lands Pennsylvania Woman in The Twilight Zone

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Parking Ticket Error

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Picture, if you will, a woman visiting her mailbox on a cold mid-afternoon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As she opens it up, she reaches in to receive her mail and gleefully starts sorting through it like a card dealer at a casino. However, what she finds is far from the mundane of energy bills, credit card offers, and restaurant coupons. One letter will summon Marcia Todman to the courtroom of “The Twilight Zone.”

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Two parking tickets

So begins the tale of a hellish nightmare for a Pennsylvania woman, and it all stems from a parking ticket error.

Marcia Todman received two parking citations in the mail last week. Both tickets — issued days apart — recalled a mid-October incident in California Borough. A driver of a black Toyota blocked a driveway close to the California University of Pennsylvania property.

Here is the twist: Todman never visited California Borough, and she does not drive a Toyota. She drives a Ford.

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Two separate states

After looking through the records, Todman noticed another thing fishy about the tickets. The cited license plate was from West Virginia — not from Pennsylvania like hers. This prompted her to spring into action.


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When she called the magistrate’s office, she explained the mistake, but failed to get her parking ticket situation resolved. She received an arrest warrant in the mail a few days later.

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The good news about this episode is that Todman escapes this terror when the California city mayor gets involved. After the police chief chatted with him, police found a booboo in their ticketing system. They had cited the wrong driver and permitted Todman to rip up her tickets and move on.

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While this woman is no longer a suspect in this case, one thing is certain. She will never visit California Borough, which just happens to be the capital of “The Twilight Zone.”

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Source: Wmbfnews.com