• Feb 26, 2009
Let this be a warning to those of you who tint your car windows (at least in Gainesville, FL): If you die in the back seat, it may be a while before you're found. A man from Gainesville, FL went missing on February 11 and was found this past Monday deceased in the back passenger-side seat of his 2001 BMW 330i. The car had apparently been parked illegally and was ticketed seven times – SEVEN TIMES! – before anyone noticed its owner sitting dead in the back seat.
The first ticket was actually issued on February 12, the day after the man was first reported missing, but the windows on the car were tinted darker than the law allows, which prevented ticket officers from noticing the corpse riding shotgun in the back. We thought the smell of decay might have prompted the police to take a closer look, but no. Rather, a nearby resident who noticed that the car had been sitting there a while with seven tickets tucked under its wipers called it in.

A spokesperson for the city of Gainesville pointed out that ticket officers aren't actual police officers, but rather employees of the city's public works department. Apparently, they don't get the same training as actual police officers who know that the first thing you do is look for dead people in the back seat. The actual cause of the man's death is not known as an autopsy was inconclusive, though officials are waiting for the results of a toxicology test that could provide some answers.

[Source: Gainesville.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Who wants to bet that those ticket fines will be required to be paid out by the estate of the dead person?
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bet the city will go after him to pay those tickets.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kinda gives new meaning to the phrase "Taxed ($$$$) into the grave"...
      Laura
      • 5 Years Ago
      LMFAO, From My Cube!! That was good.

      If the picture that is posted next to the story is the actual car that was parked illegally, notice the "thin blue line" plate on the front...meaning it belongs to a police officer. How ironic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So they didn't see him through the windshield when they placed the ticket under his wipers? Was that tinted too dark to see through also?
      • 5 Years Ago
      WONDER IF HE WILL GET ANOTHER SUMMONS FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR IN COURT???
      Ray Kiddy
      • 5 Years Ago
      and the top was down on the convertible............right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      There goes that car's resale value
        • 5 Years Ago
        G-ville cops are dick heads. Most of the uniform officers are rednecks that couldn't cut it in college, so they joined the force. I'm not surprised in the least bit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        RIP to the Man That Died!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yay! That's my chance to buy a bimmer! Just hope the gas mask comes along.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "A spokesperson for the city of Gainesville pointed out that ticket officers aren't actual police officers, but rather employees of the city's public works department."

        Geez. One doesn't need special police training to suspect something is wrong with an illegally parked car and then notify the police. Additionally, why hadn't police checked ticketed vehicles for the missing persons car?? Have they lost all common sense in Gainsville? At least the citizen has some.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They ticketed him to the death.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bet the city is dissapointed that they won't get the revenue from the tickets now...bummer. There was obviously more concern for the money generated from the tickets for it doesn't require any special training just to look through the damn window, especially when the metermaid has left multple unremoved tickets on the same car in almost a 2 week period. In some cities the vehicle would have gotten towed after the 2nd or 3rd ticket for vehicle abandonment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I´m sure that a zombie giving tickets would have look inside....


      "A spokesperson for the city of Gainesville pointed out that ticket officers aren't actual police officers, but rather employees of the city's public works department." and they doesn´t even have eyes to look inside or brains to decide to look in a vehicle with many tickets in the windshield!!! COME ON!!!

      What would Horatio Caine say about this???
      • 5 Years Ago
      THIS JUST SHOWS HOW F'ED UP TRAFFIC PEOPLE ARE AND WHY I HATE THEM.

      NO ONE TOOK THE TIME TO LOOK IN THE CAR....
      • 5 Years Ago

      There are only two things certain in life - Death and Taxes.
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