Flat Stanley got mad back on Dec. 26 and fired off the following snarky letter to the Delaware E-ZPass Violations Center in protest of a $25 fine levied against FS for running a toll booth. It was FS's second appeal; the first was denied. Turns out, getting mad was the right thing to do:
To Whom It May Concern,
Your rejection of my appeal for consideration of dismissal of violation notice number xxxxx states the reason for disapproval as "you have not provided us with sufficient evidence to support your appeal for the date and time of the alleged violation."
My "alleged" violation, photo "proof" provided courtesy of a DE camera, does not take into account the circumstances of this violation. You have placed the burden of proof of innocence on me, the accused, and your proof of guilt tells an incomplete and therefore inaccurate story.
Unfortunately for me, I did not carry with me on this occasion a digital camera to capture the image of a sign clearly posted at the exit of the unstaffed toll booth, which read "Do Not Stop."
Further adding to my misfortune, neither do I have access to the photos immediately following the one taken of my vehicle, which likely shows a stream of vehicles doing exactly as I did that day:
- Look blankly at the empty toll booth
- Look ahead
- See sign referenced above
- Look at passenger and ask, "Does that sign say 'Do Not Stop?'"
- Check rear view mirror
- See line beginning to form
- Creep ahead
- Read the sign again
- Wonder what the hell kind of set-up this is
Dear Flat Stanley,
Thank you for allowing us to address this matter. We have carefully reviewed the above appeal for consideration of dismissal and based upon the supporting documentation submitted, it has been determined that you are not responsible for the payment of this violation.
...and they enclosed a refund check. HAH!