Monday, February 05, 2007

"Dear Officer"

On numerous occasions while traversing Tel Aviv, I have noticed cars or trucks or vans illegally parked on sidewalks, double parked in bus zones, standing in tow away zones or blocking driveways. Invariably, the offending vehicle will have a wee note stuck behind a wiper blade on the windshield.

Being of curious nature, I generally approach and read. Often, the notes go something like this:

Dear Kind and Benevolent Traffic Officer: (how's that for pathetic?)
I am merely inside for a few moments while transporting a heavy load of groceries to my sick, invalid and housebound mother. I am certain you love your mother as I love mine and will find it in your heart to refrain from issuing a ticket.

Yours truly...a tax paying, hard working citizen of this fine country we both share. P.S. Where did you serve in the army? I was in the Paratroopers Unit in the north in '92. Maybe we were in the same unit? Your friend, Yossi.


But I laugh each and every time I see one of these notes and I wonder how the patrolling DMV guys react...


Anonymous said...

Ah, but did the note get the car owner out of the ticket?

Stefanella said...

Good question. And now that you mention it/come to think of it, I don't ever recall seeing a ticket beside the note. ??? slf