My heart may have been left in San Francisco, but my car was not.Â
Having lived in San Diego for three years, formerly of New York City, Iâ€™m ashamed to admit I have yet to make a voyageÂ to Friscoâ€”a nearly eight-hour drive by car or 30-minute jaunt by flightâ€”to visit friends, tourist hot spots and the Tanner home on â€œFull House.â€
So, as much as my mind, heart and spirit would like to be there, my body--and carâ€”have always stayed in San Diego.Â
Thatâ€™s why I was gobsmacked when I received aÂ letter from LDC CollectionsÂ â€“ a contracted agent ofÂ San Francisco Municipal Transportation AgencyÂ â€“ for a parking violation that simply never occurred.
You see, on the eve that I purportedly received a ticket, I was in Chula Vista, San Diego County, enjoying Lionel Richieâ€™s concert. All. Night. Long.
Curiously, I never received any parking violation messages, warning, tickets or notices from San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, but I was jettisoned along to a collection agency, LDC Collections, to simply PAY UP... and pay up quickly before they add another notch to my Experian page.Â
As longtime San Francisco resident Stephanie Tanner would say:Â â€œHow rude.â€
A simple look at theÂ complaints on file for LDC Collections with the Better Business BureauÂ show similar cries of foul playâ€”people who, like me, have NEVER been to San Franciscoâ€”have somehow received parking violations on days in which they have documented evidence that they were many miles and hours from the alleged infraction.Â
Hereâ€™s a special thank you toÂ Foursquare. Without my check-in during Lionel Richieâ€™s concert on June 7, 2014 in San Diego, I may have had a much harder time arguing my way out of a ridiculous, erroneous and unfounded $64 ticket.Â
Unfortunately, there are many others like me.