Man finally decides to pay parking ticket from 1974 because he felt guilty

Well, at least he paid it
July 7, 2018 9:50 am Last Updated: July 7, 2018 11:31 am

If you put something off long enough, chances are you’ll probably forget about it, unless it’s something you feel guilty about. In that case it’ll probably haunt you until you face the problem head-on.

Would you be able to live with the guilt of an unpaid parking ticket for more than four decades? A person only identified as Dave couldn’t take it any longer, and after 44 years said enough was enough.

In 1974, the Minersville Police Department issued a parking ticket to an out-of-state car.


Pennsylvania’s Minersville police handed out a parking ticket to a vehicle with Ohio plates in 1974. Even though the ticket included instructions with how to pay the $2 fine and warned that fines not paid within 48 hours would result in additional penalties, the ticket was not paid.

The police department didn’t have the technology to keep track of cars from other states in the 1970s, so they were unable to pursue the offender.

The department received the ticket back 44 years after it was handed out.


Towards the end of June 2018, the Pennsylvania police department received a letter in the mail. While it was addressed to the department, there was something strange about it.

The return address was “Feeling Guilty, Wayward Rd, Anytown, CA.”

Police Chief Michael Combs opened the letter and inside he found a letter, some cash, and a parking ticket from 1974.

The unidentified person couldn’t stand the guilt any longer.


Enclosed with the original ticket was a note from the mysterious person.

The note read, “Dear PD, I’ve been carrying this ticket around for 40+ years always intending to pay. Forgive me if I don’t give you my info. With respect, Dave.”

Dave included a $5 bill with the note and ticket.

“He paid us $5,” Combs told WNEP. “So, that’s 44 years later. So, that only means I made $3. I can’t retire on that.”

It appeared Dave didn’t take inflation into account, but did send a few extra dollars for interest.


Not only was Combs impressed that Dave held onto the ticket for so long, but also paid for it, even after 44 years.

Combs told WNEP that had the person received the parking violation today, they would have been fined $20.

“We do appreciate that this individual paid their ticket, and again, we encourage other individuals, if you have an outstanding ticket, please pay them,” he said.

He also added that he’d like to speak to the person who sent in the fine, not to reprimand them on their late payment, but to say thanks.