Man Settles $1 Orlando Parking Fine 36 Years Late

ORLANDO (WWJ/AP) – A Michigan man has paid a $1 Orlando parking ticket 36 years overdue.

Orlando police say they received Stanley Baker’s payment for a Nov. 7, 1975, parking ticket on Tuesday. The Pentwater, Mich., 89-year-old included a note reading, “Better late than never!”

Baker’s son says his father found the ticket in a book bought at an Orlando garage sale in 1995. He says his father decided to pay the fine as a lark, even though it wasn’t issued to him.

Baker sent the $1 payment in the ticket’s original envelope. That got it delivered to a police department auditorium that was a night and traffic court in 1975. Orlando’s parking violations from 1975 have been destroyed.

A police spokesman says the department thought Baker’s payment was funny.

The $1 fine, assessed for parking at an expired meter, would have run $22 by today’s standards.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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