Student's hilarious letter to Wilson Parking over fine

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A Perth Student has penned a hilarious letter to Wilson parking in Northbridge, WA after receiving a $65 fine for overstaying his parking ticket by four minutes. Photo / 123RF
A Perth Student has penned a hilarious letter to Wilson parking in Northbridge, WA after receiving a $65 fine for overstaying his parking ticket by four minutes. Photo / 123RF

A university student from Perth may not have pleaded his case out of a parking fine, but he has certainly won the support from social media for his hilarious efforts.

Liam Jones was slapped with a $65 fine earlier this month, after he overstayed his visit at a Wilson carpark in Northbridge, Western Australia.

In a letter uploaded to Reddit, Mr Jones explained in a very articulate manner why he should only owe Wilson Carpark a total of 25 cents for his apparent four minute overstay.

The hilarious letter from Liam Jones who was slapped with a fine. Photo / Reddit
The hilarious letter from Liam Jones who was slapped with a fine. Photo / Reddit

"Dear Wilson, I have recently received a parking breach notice at one of your fine establishments," his letter read.

"I must say that I am delighted to be issued with this notice for liquidated damages.

"The amount does give me pause, however. The damages total $65, this notice was given at 9:21pm on the 7th of October, 2016, by which time my previously valid ticket had expired four minutes earlier at 9:17pm on the 7th of October 2016.

"Since liquidated damages cannot be punitive, and serve to recoup the revenue you may have lost, had the mostly empty car park at 9:17pm filled up again for no apparent reason, a rough calculation of these liquidated damages might lead one to believe that the cost to administer this parking space is $975 per hour.

"This would mean that a car park in this area, with 100 spaces would incur a cost to Wilson Parking a value comparable to the annual GDP of the independent State of Samoa."

Mr Jones then did some more sums, and eloquently explained in the remainder of the letter that his counter offer of 25 cents was more in line with what a short overstay should incur.

"I would like to make a counter offer that you should hopefully find more than generous," the letter continued.

"We have established that $7 for two hours parking is a reasonable charge, enough to cover costs and make a profit, and that it has been established that my vehicle had spent a total of four minutes in the bay without a valid ticket before your kindly parking enforcement officer issued the Parking Breach Notice.

"I am willing to pay for those four minutes at the calculated rate. $7 over two hours works out to 5.8c per minute, so four minutes totals 23.2c. Please find enclosed the generous offer of 25c in genuine 20c and 5c denominations from the Royal Australian Mint.

"From this point, I consider out debts to be settled. Please do not send me a cheque for the amount of 1.7c."

After investigating what liquidated damages meant, Mr Jones came to the conclusion that Wilson Parking was taking him for a ride by asking for $65.

"If $975 per hour were the true cost to administer a single parking spot in Northbridge, then charging a fee of $7 for two hours parking would truly be an act of charity," he wrote.

But despite being a biomedical science student, Mr Jones jumped the gun a little when writing his letter of concern. As it turns out, the 28-year-old had in fact overstayed his welcome at the parking spot by one hour and four minutes, meaning by his calculations - he'd owe $3.46 after the 25 cents was already sent.

In a statement provided to news.com.au by Wilson Parking Australia CEO Steve Evans, Mr Jones will need to cough up the $65 like any other customer who stays longer than what they've paid for.

"The customer states he paid for a two-hour ticket and was issued a breach notice when four minutes over that time," Mr Evans said,

"He is incorrect. The ticket expired an hour and four minutes past the time it was paid.

"Our customers enter into an agreement with us when they use our parking facilities. They are to pay the price of parking for the duration of their stay, and if they do not then they are issued a breach notice as is the practice in carparks globally."

- news.com.au

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