Here's How You Rack Up $106K in Parking Tickets
Leave the car at O'Hare for about 3 years
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 22, 2013 4:10 PM CDT
Updated Aug 25, 2013 7:00 PM CDT
File photo. The car in question had a lot more than this.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A Chicago woman has agreed to pay the city $4,500 in overdue parking tickets, which seems like a princely sum until you learn the original bill was $106,000, reports the Chicago Tribune. Jennifer Fitzgerald reached the settlement with the city this month. How on earth did the fees get so high? It seems an ex-boyfriend abandoned a car registered in her name in the employee lot of O'Hare airport. There it sat for nearly three years as police piled on ticket after ticket, 678 in all. Only then was it towed.

Fitzgerald, overwhelmed by the mounting violation notices, finally got some legal help and filed suit against the city to dispute the six-figure bill, reports DNAInfo. She argued that she didn't know the car was registered in her name—her ex had bought it from her uncle for $600—and wondered why the police didn't tow the car far earlier than it did. Under the $4,500 settlement, her ex-boyfriend will fork over $1,600, and Fitzgerald will pay off the remaining balance in monthly installments of $78. (Click for another wild ticket story.)

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HANKHILL
Aug 26, 2013 4:45 PM CDT
gee oh my look a parking ticket! next day same thing same car! TOW IT DUMBAZZ!
Ericg537
Aug 26, 2013 1:33 PM CDT
the cops were probably just being cute, issuing all those parking tickets. aren't they too funny!
ChicagoScott
Aug 25, 2013 7:16 PM CDT
This story fails to mention she also had around $2000 in tickets on her primary vehicle, not just the one in the lot.