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Archive for October 18th, 2010

Update:  Tenement Lobster(tm) art posted on Zazzle

And the bib is at first cut stage… where the inner cabal must offer their nominations for sacrifice on the part of the Lemur King – sweat, blood, tears.

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A while back if you remember I was in a Detroit suburb and managed to accidentally run a red light.  Didn’t have current proof of insurance with me and my registration card was way out of date.  The officer gave me a warning on the red light, for which I was thankful.

Two days after I got the ticket here is what went in the mail:

  • Proof of the insurance that I’ve always had since the day I started driving decades ago.
  • Proof of the registration which has always been kept up to date since the day I started driving decades ago.
  • The ticket, checked to signify that I did not contest the ticket itself.
  • A letter addressed to the magistrate, admitting culpability with a contrite (and sincere – they aren’t the same thing) letter of apology and written explanation.

Care to guess what the ultimate cost of that oversight was?  That is, the cost here in the State of Michigan?

Try $700.

That’s right… SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS.  Roughly.

Here’s the lesson – make a mistake and not only will you get fined till you bleed rectally by the local gov’t but then the state will jump in and add half that amount again to the top of that.  It doesn’t matter if you actually had all that stuff covered with the Sec. of State and your insurance company, it doesn’t matter if you admit to an honest error, and it certainly doesn’t matter that you took the time to write a letter signifying that you gave a rat’s ass – they are going after you.

Not to guilt you or anything, but if you want to buy a shirt or mug, this might be the time.  🙂

Yeah, I know, 10% of the folks out there would love to have a job and that ticket.  Doesn’t mean I gotta like it.

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