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Largest Parking Charge Ever?


Maybe you’ve left your car in a lot overnight, figuring you would just eat the charge and move on. You won’t believe how long this woman left her car in a parking lot. As reported by local.de:

A woman who left her car in a parking lot for nine years escaped with a fine of €7,000 (about $9,000 US), instead of the nearly €70,000 (about $90,000 US) she would owe if she had been charged the standard €20 ($26 US) per day, it was reported this week.

Nine years? Two questions: Why? and Why? As to the second question:

The car park operator appears to have made a conscious decision to hold out on issuing the fine. “The lady isn’t insolvent. She has a job and money,” managing director of the Bavaria Parkgaragen company Claus Schnell said, by way of an explanation for not taking action sooner.

While Schnell acknowledged that it was unusual for a person not to collect their car, he said “such cases occur from time to time.” His operating company oversees 22 garages with a total of 12,226 parking spots.

Okay, as for the first question – why would she leave her car there for 9 years? – don’t know! Here’s the source.