A Michigan man Stanley Baker has paid a $1 Florida parking ticket more than 35 years overdue. Orlando police received Stanley Baker’s payment for a 1975 parking ticket yesterday.
The 89-year-old Baker included a note which said: “So sorry for the delay! 36 years late! Better late than never!”
The $1 ticket was issued Nov. 7, 1975, for parking at an expired meter on Central Boulevard, near the Orlando Public Library. The same violation today would set Baker back $22.
Fritz Baker, Baker’s son, says his father found the ticket in 1995 hiden in a book. Stanley Baker eventually decided to pay the fine as a lark, though it wasn’t addressed to him.
Baker sent the $1 payment in the ticket’s original envelope, which got it delivered to a police department auditorium that was a night and traffic court in 1975.
Orlando’s parking violations from 1975 have been destroyed, but a spokesman said the department got a chuckle.
“He is … funny like that,” Fritz Baker said. Baker, a retired high-school German teacher who lives in Pentwater, a village on Lake Michigan, was out of town and unavailable for comment. [via UPI, Sun Sentinel and Newser]