How a grammar expert got out of paying a parking ticket

Publish Date
Thursday, 20 July 2017, 3:43PM

This story proves it pays to know your grammar!

The Associated Press has reported that a woman in the USA received a parking citation for leaving her ute parked in an area for longer than 24 hours.

According to a law in the village of West Jefferson, certain types of vehicles cannot be parked longer than 24 hours, including "any motor vehicle camper, trailer, farm implement and/or non-motorised vehicle."

Did you spot the mistake?

It's "motor vehicle camper" instead of "motor vehicle, camper."

The woman argued that her truck does not fit the description because of the missing comma between "vehicle" and "camper."

Though the village claims that in context, the meaning of the law is clear enough, Judge Robert Hendrickson sided with her, noting that the village should amend the issue.