Can I please just ignore these tickets?
January 7, 2010 1:27 PM Subscribe
Received two MTA Transit Adjudication Bureau (NYC) tickets for fare evasion. One for me, one for a friend who skipped the country. Can't afford them, and the info on them is all wrong. YANAL, YANMyL, yadda yadda. Kind of long, sorry.
posted by greta simone to travel & transportation around New York, NY (14 answers total)
So, two tickets, two problems.
This is what happened: I was with a friend who was visiting from France. The day before he was scheduled to leave, we were going down to the subway and his metro card wouldn't scan and the one machine wasn't taking cards and he had no cash. I said that I would go through first and let him use my card after me (I do not have the unlimited card). He misunderstood and hopped in with me through the turnstile before I could say 'no dude, wait'. Lo and behold, there was a cop, who neither of us saw. I tried to explain that my friend didn't understand and that I was trying to do the right thing, and offered to run my card through again to pay for my friend. The cop, thinking I was trying to make excuses, decided he was going to ticket BOTH of us for fare evasion.
Problem 1: French friend had to return home the next day. Cop wrote down the address of where the friend was staying incorrectly, and not his French address, and his passport number without specifying it was from France. Friend's name and passport number are barely readable on the ticket, and the address is not his.
Problem 2: The cop wrote down both my name and my address totally incorrectly and illegibly, and didn't take my license number. The only thing that is correct is my phone number.
French friend left the next day, and cannot pay. I too, cannot afford this ticket. What are the consequences of ignoring these, assuming they can ever find the two of us because they don't really have any identifying information for either of us? Does the NYC Transit Adjudication Bureau have the authority to cause my friend to be stopped at customs next time he visits?
I'm afraid if I try to fight this by going to the hearing or whatever it is where I can appeal the ticket, that they will then get my actual contact info, won't drop my ticket, and then I'll have to pay, which I stress, I CANNOT AFFORD (I am actually literally broke).
What should I do hive mind?