Truth and honesty, that's the ticket

"Now that you're here, I'm stuck."

That's right, but he knew that when he invited me over. So that would be the end of the story, except that I had one more question.

Why was the ticket dismissed?

Ingels showed me the letter from the parking adjudication division. It said that after review, it was discovered that the ticket writer had incorrectly reported that the vehicle registration number ended in 4958 rather than 4938. So although Ingels was indeed parked illegally, "this technical error warrants a dismissal."

Very interesting. So did he really get off on a technicality, or because he carried a little more weight than the average person, who's in no position to call the chief of police and mayor what's-his-name?

"Do you think they may have created that just to appease me?" Ingels asked.

"They may have," said a glowering Jones, and I don't think she was acting.

Ingels relented in the end, like many a good man before him.

Beating City Hall was easy. But at home, there's a higher authority, and he never had a chance.

steve.lopez@latimes.com

 

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