Never underestimate the power of a clerical error. A couple in Sicily
were recently treated to an eye-popping $44,500 parking fine
after interest and late fees were accounted for. According to the officer who wrote the citation, the car was illegally parked in the year 208 during the reign of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus. Needless to say, there were some chronological issues at play. According to The Associated Free Press
, the shock of the fine was so severe that it sent the wife into a dizzy spell. She was treated at a local hospital and released.
Not surprisingly, the ticket should have read 2008. Local police acknowledged the error and reduced the fine to a much more manageable $144, which the family later paid.