Take for instance, Jason vs. the State of West Virginia, pitting me against the state over a $120 unemployment check I collected after I stopped working at WVU. I ultimately lost that one when I mixed up the time of my Circuit Court of Marion County appearance, and was an hour late to an appointment with an unhappy Judge.
Then there was Jason vs. the City of Morgantown, where I attempted to avoid payment on outstanding parking tickets accumulated through college. I ultimately lost that fight when my Father, the registered owner of the car in question, demanded that the tickets be paid in full. Definitely a good move by him.
There was Jason vs. the District of Columbia, over a traffic camera nabbing the Mazda doing 16MPH over the speed limit in a residential zone near Columbia Heights. That battle was lost when my argument involving Physics equations was too far fetched to prove that my car couldn't have been speeding.
Last year there was Jason vs. Jessica, who refused to be a willing part in Jessica vs. the City of Chicago, when Jessica's car was ticketed for not having a City of Chicago parking sticker while parked on the street. That one didn't even reach the planning and scheming stage, because, well, let's put it this way - if Jessica was a cereal, she'd be Moral Fiber.
So now comes Jason vs. the City of Chicago, which, by most accounts, is a legitimate wrongdoing by the Chicago Department of Revenue, a.k.a. the parking ticket cops. Seriously, they wear big "Department of Revenue" jackets. The Mazda was harmlessly parked in its usual spot near the Metra train stop on Western Avenue for the day, unaware that street cleaning was to take place on that side of the block. Why was the owner unaware, you may ask? Because there were no damn signs on that block indicating the pending street cleaning.
Needless to say, I swung into full battle armor for this one, especially confident that I could win. I took pictures and immediately compiled a comprehensive report to contest the ticket. I would show you the lovely document, but it has my license plate in the pictures, so I'm not sure if I should expose that to the mercy of the Internet.
But much to my chagrin, the response arrived today that I would be held liable for the ticket, because:
It is the finding of the Administrative Law Officer that the information submitted supports a determination that the violation occurred.
What. The. Hell. My argument wasn't that a violation didn't occur, my argument was that there were no damn signs, which there weren't, which my pictures show. There is even a box on the ticket response to select, indicating your excuse is that there were no signs.
So where does this leave Jason vs. the City of Chicago? Will Jason pay the $50 and give up? Or will he fight on, following the instructions quoted in the final paragraph:
You may appeal this order to the Circuit Court of Cook County within 35 days of the order date by filing a civil law suit against the City of Chicago.