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'0' plate gets car owner 170 mistaken tickets

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Hum    6,933

CHICAGO, June 15 (UPI) -- Chicago authorities say an error while testing equipment led to a man with a license plate reading "0" receiving about 170 tickets he did not deserve. :huh:

The Chicago Department of Revenue said it has been using "0" as a placeholder license plate for testing parking ticket equipment and officials were unaware Tom Feddor had that number as his official plate, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.

Feddor said that beginning in 1997, his mailbox has been filling up with citations for violations, including parking at expired meters, parking during street-cleaning hours, running stop signs or traffic signals, and parking a truck, recreational vehicle, bus or taxi on a residential street.

Feddor said he went to the Revenue Department and the Department of Administrative Hearings for help, but was unable to resolve the issue. Hearing officer Zipporah Lewis made several calls to officials in an attempt to help Feddor, but he said "the people she encountered at the other end of the phone seemed to be annoyed and bothered by her. Most tried to quickly end the call."

Revenue Department spokesman Ed Walsh told the Tribune officials were unaware there was a "0" plate in circulation -- Feddor's family has been using it for 40 years -- or that he was receiving tickets from the equipment testing. He said the tickets would be wiped out and any fines paid by Feddor would be refunded.

"The test violations should have been dismissed in the database. The majority of the cases (Feddor) contested successfully. But we are taking steps to rectify the situation so in the future an actual registered plate number will not be used to do the testing," Walsh said.

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Lewism    43

They were doing test in the original database. Are they stupid? It is this easiest way to ruin a database.

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cabron    15

this does not surprise me at all when is come from Chicago. Chicago = Bad Management

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Raa    1,534

"0" noes :p

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neufuse    3,598

yes, do tests in a production database...... what smarties they have in their IT department

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spacer    988

Since when do people use production databases to test development projects? How stupid can they be?

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GrimReeper    2

A similar thing happened to another guy. Tickets for cars who didn't have license plates or couldn't been seen/read used "noplate" but this guy had the number plate of "noplate" :p

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HawkMan    5,232
Since when do people use production databases to test development projects? How stupid can they be?

They wheren't doing actual tests to DB changes or such.

this seems more like a combination of verification tests that it's working as it should(which needs to be done on the production DB. it's worthless to only test and make sure the test DB works and then just simply assume the production DB works), and tests while training new people to show them how stuff works and how they do things. The problem was that they used a plate that was in use. THAT however shouldn't have happened, the system shoudl have prevented it or told the, they had duplicates of the plate, the fake test and the actual 0 plate. And they should have verified that the plate wasn't in use manually, not simply assume.

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