Man pranking friend after tennis match inadvertently sparks parking prank fears
- Man pranking his friend inadvertently raised fears of fraud fines
- Man put a fake handwritten “fine” on his friends’ windshields in Bayside
- A passerby spotted the bogus fine and reported it to Bayside local council
- This triggered a warning about possible crooks before it turned out to be a prank
A man who tried to play an innocent prank on a friend after inadvertently playing a tennis match has raised concerns that someone is trying to rip people off with parking fines.
Bayside Police in Victoria have informed the council that a very embarrassed 68-year-old surrendered to police on Thursday, confessing to playing a prank on his mate with a fake parking ticket.
The two gentlemen were playing tennis at the St Andrews Tennis Club on May 3 when one of them decided to play a trick by leaving a fake handwritten parking ticket on his mate’s car.
Man who tried to play an innocent prank on a friend after playing a tennis match inadvertently raised concerns that someone is trying to rip people off with parking fines
A concerned citizen saw the ticket on the windshield, removed it and reported it to council.
The call for council raised concerns that someone is intentionally trying to rip people off by using bogus parking tickets.
Bayside council statutory planning director Matthew Cripps said council was initially concerned that the most vulnerable members of the community were being targeted by a con artist.
“We are relieved that this matter is resolved and that no one has intentionally attempted to rip off the residents of Bayside,” Cripps said.
The prank ticket asked the driver to pay up to $ 80.
“I have no more paper in my machine,” said the note.
Bayside Police in Victoria have informed the council that a very embarrassed 68-year-old surrendered to police on Thursday, confessing to playing a prank on his mate with a fake parking ticket (stock image)
“You parked here at 8:45 am. Two hours and 35 minutes later your (sic) are still parked in a two hour zone. Fine of $ 81.
Bayside City Council Planning and Facilities Director Hamish Reid said council was aware of the hoax.
Before it turned out to be a prank gone wrong, the council took to Facebook to warn residents.
“Scammer alert!” We are aware of bogus parking fines left on cars parked along the foreshore, ”the post read.
Concerned citizen saw the fake banknote on the windshield and removed it before reporting it to town hall
However, the local drivers seem to have already figured out that everything was not as it seemed.
“Have parking fines ever been handwritten in Australia? One person commented on the post.
Another inhabitant joked, “Quivering scripture: give me money.
Sadly, some people saw this as an opportunity to hit the board.
“I still wouldn’t be able to keep up with the Bayside parking lot inspectors. Issue fines every five seconds.
Police say no charges will be laid
However, residents seem to have figured out the hoax long before the fake banknote warning was posted on Facebook (in the photo, a resident said the handwriting was a clear sign the banknotes were fraudulent)