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#1 Hum

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 01:27

 A Chicago woman has settled with the city of Chicago after she was left with more than $100,000 in parking fines when her ex-boyfriend abandoned her car in an inaccessible airport parking lot for nearly three years. :|

Jennifer Fitzgerald initially owed the city of Chicago a whopping $105,000 after a 1999 Chevy Monte Carlo - a used car that was bought for $600 and registered in her name - was parked at O'Hare Airport for three years starting in November 2009. It was parked there by Fitzgerald's ex, Brandon Preveau, according to a civil suit Fitzgerald filed.

According to DNA Info Chicago the city agreed to drop $100,000 in ticket fines against Fitzgerald leaving her with a final bill of $4,470.

Preveau has to pay the initial down payment of $1,600 and Fitzgerald will pay an additional $78 per month until the fine is paid off.

The settlement brings to an end a lengthy battle for the single mother after she was left with the biggest parking fine in city's history.

In a suit, filed against Preveau, United Airlines, and the city of Chicago, Fitzgerald contended that she should not be liable for the tickets. According to the court papers, first obtained by the Chicago website, The Expired Meter, Fitzgerald "was never the owner of the [automobile]… had no control over the [automobile] when the parking tickets were issued… [and] is not responsible for the parking tickets issued on the [automobile]."

Drew said it is the city's understanding that the car was parked in the United Airlines' lot at O'Hare Airport. Preveau works for United Airlines.

"The operator of the vehicle was a badged employee for United Airlines and therefore had authorization to park there while working," Drew said. "It is also our understanding that the employee moved this vehicle a number of times in this United lot and that tickets being affixed to the vehicle were periodically removed. Therefore, a stack of tickets was not accruing on the vehicle."

According to the Chicago Department of Aviation, posted signs at the O'Hare lots note that if a vehicle is in a lot for more than 30 days without the lot operators being notified, then the company will attempt to contact the owner, but if the owner cannot be contacted, the vehicle will be towed to another lot before eventually being towed to the city impound lot as an abandoned vehicle.

After Fitzgerald was hit with a fine of more than $105,000, she landed on the city's Department of Revenue "Top 100 Scofflaw List," and was told that she might have her driver's license revoked.

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#2 Aheer.R.S.

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 01:31

 

Drew said it is the city's understanding that the car was parked in the United Airlines' lot at O'Hare Airport. Preveau works for United Airlines.

"The operator of the vehicle was a badged employee for United Airlines and therefore had authorization to park there while working," Drew said. "It is also our understanding that the employee moved this vehicle a number of times in this United lot and that tickets being affixed to the vehicle were periodically removed. Therefore, a stack of tickets was not accruing on the vehicle."

According to the Chicago Department of Aviation, posted signs at the O'Hare lots note that if a vehicle is in a lot for more than 30 days without the lot operators being notified, then the company will attempt to contact the owner, but if the owner cannot be contacted, the vehicle will be towed to another lot before eventually being towed to the city impound lot as an abandoned vehicle.
 

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 01:35

:p She need the

'Boyfriend Tracker' app

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 10:07

Why should she have to pay a single dime?  It's not her car, and she didn't park it there...

 

I'd tell them to go <bleep> themselves...



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 01:51

This is just ridiculous and outrageous.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 01:58

actually it doesn't make any sense; it's not her car, the car was parked in a restricted area, was moved from times to times and the tickets were being removed by someone; it should be declared abandoned if it wasn't moved from times to times and couldn't be towed from there because? It just doesn't make any sense.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 02:44

This woman was a victim of a mean revenge prank, she shouldn't have paid a dime.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 03:17

a used car that was bought for $600

leaving her with a final bill of $4,470

the tickets are a lot more expensive than acquiring a car.

 

According to the Chicago Department of Aviation,

posted signs at the O'Hare lots note that if a vehicle is in a lot for more than 30 days without the lot operators being notified,

then the company will attempt to contact the owner,

but if the owner cannot be contacted, the vehicle will be towed to another lot before eventually being towed to the city impound lot as an abandoned vehicle.

perhaps the since knew they only got small amount of money if the car goes to impound lot,

they decided to bill her instead, claiming that car "can not be towed" excuse.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 14:19

Why should she have to pay a single dime?  It's not her car, and she didn't park it there...

 

I'd tell them to go <bleep> themselves...

correction:

 

... when her ex-boyfriend abandoned her car ...