My daughter lives in DC where she has zoned street parking. Seems her car was parked in a small stretch that is not zoned, and no signs; or this is the story I am getting. There was a ticket on her car from Friday a week ago; it is a $10 ticket and my understanding is people get tickets in this area all the time.
Turns out while the ticket has her correct car make, the plate number has a typo; one letter off from her tag. When she went online to pay the ticket, not realizing at the moment the tag was incorrect, she saw a slew of tickets other than parking for this license plate. I think she said there were over $2000 worth of red light violations, parking, running stop signs and maybe others.
Ethically we know the ticket is hers due to the location where she was parked, although I first thought someone had taken the ticket off of their own car and put it on hers. The dilemma is whether she should contact the police precinct and let them know they miss entered the ticket and pay it. That said, the person tag that got entered has so many unpaid tickets, I don't think this is a big problem for them as it seems they don't pay their fines any way. My daughter logged in under her tag number and there are no tickets listed for her, so this ticket obviously has been filed incorrectly. That said, could this come back to bite her years later if she doesn't correct it? I did tell her to file the ticket away just in case, so she has proof the tag number entered was not hers.
What do you think she should do? My gut is to ignore it, but for $10, it would be easy to pay and not worry about what could happen later. If she pays online, it would be credited to this other persons account, so I think if she were to pay it she needs to go in person and try to straight it out. That plan would take a good bit of her time and I bet it will not be easy. I can see the cashier now not being able to figure out what to do!