Guy Pays $1 Parking Fine ... 35 Years Late

Stanley Baker sent the dollar in—despite not living in Florida, or knowing who got the ticket
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 29, 2011 10:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Michigan man has paid a $1 Florida parking ticket more than 35 years overdue. Orlando police received Stanley Baker's payment for a Nov. 7, 1975, parking ticket yesterday. The 89-year-old Pentwater, Mich., man included a note reading, "Better late than never!"

Baker's son, Fritz Baker, says his father found the ticket in 1995—hiding in a used book—and eventually decided to pay the fine as a lark, even though it wasn't issued 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. (Read more Florida stories.)

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