Australian man Liam Jones received a parking ticket for his vehicle remaining in the spot a mere four minutes after the ticket expired — and he’s fighting the fine in the most epic way, WA Today reports.
The ticket, which was issued for A$69 (US $49), stated a notice for “liquidation damages.” After doing some research, Jones realized he couldn’t be legally fined on this basis; rather, the company could only obtain fees comparable to the revenue lost in that time (in Jones’ case, four minutes).
Jones detailed it all in a letter sent to the company, which he posted to Facebook.
Jones clearly and eloquently explains why, exactly, he will be paying less than a dollar. His reasoning:
“Since liquidation damages cannot be punitive, and serve to recoup the revenue that you may have lost, had the mostly empty car park at 9.17pm filled up again for no apparent reason, a rough calculation of these liquidated damages might lead one to believe that the cost to administer this parking space is $975 per hour. This would mean that a car park in this area, with 100 spaces would incur a cost to Wilson Parking a value comparable to the annual GDP of the Independent State of Samoa.
If $975 per hour were the true cost to administer a single parking spot in Northbridge, then charging a fee of $7 for two hours parking would truly be an act of charity.”
However, Jones didn’t happen to find the company registered on the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits website. Surprise, surprise.
“I must conclude that $7 for two hours is a reasonable amount to cover the administration of a single parking spot, allowing you to pay for the Parking Enforcement Services, other expenses, and make an honest profit on top," Jones wrote.
Based on this logic, Jones calculated a fee of a little more than 23 cents to cover the expired four minutes. Absolutely brilliant.
The cherry on top? Jones’ final note after attaching 25 cents: “Please do not send me a cheque for the amount of 1.7c.” It's good he noted this — the company probably would’ve sent the money otherwise.
If you’re wondering whether he’s really going to get out of it, there’s slightly bad news.
“Our customers enter into an agreement with us when they use our parking facilities,” Steve Evans, chief executive of Wilson Parking Australia, said, also noting that Jones’ ticket was actually an HOUR and four minutes expired. “They are to pay the price of parking for the duration of their stay, and if they do not then they are issued a breach notice as is the practice in carparks globally.”
Oh, well. It was worth an honest shot.
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