Source? The City of Melbourne Parking and Traffic Branch, who have sent me an obnoxious letter refusing to let me out of my parking fine.
I simply cannot believe it. They are wrong. I checked the signs. I went back the next day and took photos of them for heavens sake. I do not for one minute believe they went back to check. Instead, they rely on my not wanting to take it to the Courts for a measely $54 fine. They send a rude letter stating I have only one internal review (which I've now had). So now it's "pay the infringement notice" or notify the Courts.
They are quite right in thinking that I am not going to take the latter course for a $54 fine, but I am seriously mad at being bullied like this.
I wonder how often they do this? It's probably some deliberate revenue-earning strategy. This is the problem with a time-poor, cash-rich society. They (ie me) would rather pay money to keep the hassle away. It's simply not worth $54 to me to spend the time and effort fighting this through legal channels.
My other letter of protest (re the netball finals) has ended unsatisfactorily as well. I received the most pathetic (and badly written) e-mail in response to my second message:
I appreciate your disappointment and now that if we had of selected
another state to host the finals, we would have been faced with similar counter
arguments. We remain committed to producing what will be a fitting end to
the Commonwealth Bank Trophy. (sic)
They are seriously deluded. Sometimes I think the world is just out to rip people off.