Dear Sir or Madam, In view of what seems to be happening internationally with banks at the moment, I was wondering if you could advise me correctly... If one of my checks is returned marked 'insufficient funds,' how do I know whether that refers to me, or to you?
A retired New York City man says he's spent $7,500 fighting a $115 parking ticket because he's got "nothing else to do." Former electrical hardware firm vice president Simon Belsky says he was erroneously ticketed two years ago. The 63-year-old says the ticket cites his van for blocking a Brooklyn fire hydrant even though the only hydrant on the street was down the block. The November 2006 fine has ballooned from $115 to about $200 with penalties. Belsky was in court last week and is due back Feb. 2. He says if he wins he'll file a civil suit against the city to recover the $7,500 he's spent on legal work. He says if any compensation is awarded he'll donate it to educational programs.