Ha, ha, ha!! Thanks for a good laugh.
I didn’t mention that the notice arrived 10 days before the supposed court date, with a requirement that a not-guilty plea must be phoned into the court at least seven days prior, and the chances of those tireless public servants fixing their web site over the weekend are not very promising. Giving me exactly one business day. Thank goodness I wasn’t on vacation, or something.
Of course, it goes without saying that taking time off work would cost me more than the ticket.
It’s really quite obvious to me that all of this is deliberate. I can see this kangaroo court a mile away.
In the past, I got responsive results regarding minor matters about dealing with other parts of my state and local bureaucracy by writing polite letters to my state representatives. It’s often stated elsewhere, and although some may pooh-pooh this, but these critters do indeed pay a lot, a lot of attention to getting formerly-living trees from their constituents.
Not email or phone calls, but regular mail. If someone takes the time to type something up, proofread it, print it, and put a stamp on it, they figure that if someone’s pissed off enough to do all that, then they have to be not the only ones who are similarly pissed off, and mad about it. It goes without saying that most elected critters hold the public in contempt and don’t think much of us. But the one thing they dislike more than the us peons, are the same peons storming the gates and kicking them out. This is the way I see this: they are the ones who have enacted this kind of legalized robbery and made it possible, so I believe that it’s completely proper and just to hold them accountable for it.
I, of course, wouldn’t expect any of these bastards to actually do anything specific regarding my situation, and I’ll probably end up eating the ticket. But I’ll make sure that they’ll have no doubts regarding what I think about it — and no doubt many others think, too. I have some other inquries out, but am not really optimistic that any promising avenues of pursuit will show up by Monday. But in either case, the price for two postage stamps is negligible, compared to the cost of the ticket.