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.)