I was 16. Okay, fiiine, 17 years old.
I should have known better. I did know better.
But I was feisty.
I was looking for parking downtown Edmonton to attend an event. There was no parking anywhere.
Even all of the paypark places were full.
Don’t judge, I mean what was a girl to do?
It’s like the world gave me no choice. Not choice a’tall.
So I did what any intelligent-no-one-owns-me-attitude girl would do.
I parked in a little crook in a back ally where there was the worlds biggest
no parking sign.
What of it? what of itttt?
But then I thought (well, sorta thought)
“wait if some parking man comes by, he’ll write down my license plate number and
then I’ll get a ticket in the mail. Oh no”
So, oddly enough I had the white edging from a pack of stickers in my car.
(you know where this is going don’t you?)
You know the edging stuff that stays on the sheet after you’ve taken off
all the stickers? That stuff (why I had an old sticker sheet in my car is beyond me…)
So, I did what anyone would do. I tore a strip off and changed my “7” to a “1”.
That’s right world-wide-web…I covered up the top part of my “7” and left an angled “1”.
Nice move slickster.
Actually it was. I got away with it. My car wasn’t towed (nor did I get a ticket in the mail)
(someone else with a “1” in their license plate may have…..errr…gulp…)
But alas, the plot thickens.
As I was driving home later that night, I was driving through construction. It was all very
confusing as lanes were ending, signs were blinking, people merging. Scary stuff.
In summary, I guess I turned left on a red light. without stopping.
Of at least that is what Mr. Police Officer said.
That was before he said,
“have you illegally covered up part of your license plate with a sticker?”
me–beads of sweat & cotton mouth
“no.no.no. that’s insane. how would I do that? why would you assume……Now see here,
him- staring at me. and my beads of sweat.
me–trying to look deeply offended while my eyes pulsate with fear
me- Listen, I was just parked over there at that paypark (50th lie of the night) and
who knows, someone must be pulling a prank…. I mean anyone could have done this.
Its just cruel really!! and who inspects their lisence plate before they get in their car &
drives off? well clearly not me!! Ive been had officer. Had. Im the butt of a cruel joke. That
is the real crime here!!”.
….. would you believe he let me go?
He did internet, he did.
and ive NEVER (except one other time) done it again. never.
p.s. this photo was a shot that I took super quick while I was doing some wedding portraits last summer.
The things you see I tell ya….