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Whoops! L.A. Is Giving Parking Tickets To Cars in Sacramento

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Getting a parking ticket from the City of Los Angeles sucks, but it sucks even more if you're more than 300 miles away in Sacramento.

The problem is that over the last few years, it's been difficult for these residents to clear up the erroneous tickets without a little pressure from CBS Sacramento. The local CBS affiliate has been airing segments on this story for the last five years, but it continues to be a problem for residents—even though some of them say they've never even set foot in the city (h/t LA Observed).

The city's parking bureau says that the errors start when a number on the license plate gets mixed up. It estimates that 21 out of every 7,200 parking tickets given out each day is incorrect, but the city says many of these are caught before they ever go out to the drivers. (But when they do, we're guessing Californians in other places besides Sacramento get them, too.)

If you think that you've been given a ticket incorrectly, the burden is on you to prove that you weren't in the city that day. One man in the Sacramento area Mark Ehrensberger, who says he wasn't in L.A. and his car has always had tags, is searching to find something—cell phone records, credit card purchases or a time sheet—to prove his case.

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"It really is an annoyance for me. And honestly, if I would have known it would have been this much hassle, I would have just paid the $25," Ehrensberger told the TV station.