San Francisco Offers to Refund $6 Million in Overpaid Parking Tickets

You might not believe it, but the city of San Francisco is offering refunds after realizing it overcharged on parking tickets.
February 26, 2016, 1pm PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Sonja Hutson reports: "After reviewing data from that 17-year period, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency says more than 200,000 overpaid citations have yet to be refunded. The overpaid amounts, which range from $15 to more than $1,000, total $6.1 million."

In effect, people who have been overcharged for parking tickets have until March 3, 2016 to claim their refund. The city has taken additional measures in notifying the public about the refunds, even posting an online database of people owed money by the city.

Perhaps in a nod to the widespread incredulousness this news has inspired (i.e., "Wait, the city is admitting to overcharging on parking tickets?"), Tara Golshan picked up on the news of the refunds for the national site Vox, offering an explainer of how this strange turn of evens came to pass. A sample of the big names included on the list is among the details shared by Golshan: "Steve Jobs (owed $174), California Gov. Jerry Brown (owed $33), Attorney General Kamala Harris (owed $60), and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick (owed $510, although he probably doesn't have a problem with parking illegally anymore)."

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Published on Monday, February 22, 2016 in KQED News
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