Seventy nine years ago this month, the Reverend Charles H. North of the Oklahoma Third Pentecostal Holiness Church became the first person to every receive a parking ticket. The controversial “Park-O-Meter” had been installed in the prior weeks and caused a stir amongst the residents.
According to his grandson Dwight Thurmond the parking citation was issued after his grandfather rooted through his coat for the required nickel. Finding none, he trudged over to the nearby grocery store to get change. Little did he know he was about to become a historical footnote. When he returned he curiously examined a white piece of paper which had been left on his windshield. According to the story as related HERE by thenewspaper.com, “[o]n that day he had his daughters in the car (one being my mother) they were to tell any policeman their dad was getting change,” said Thurmond. “They didn’t recognize the man who greeted them as a policeman, and they thought the ticket he placed on the wiper blade was an ad flyer.” Rev. North became the first person in the United States to ever receive a parking ticket for an expired meter.
Weeks later, in court, he was the first ever person to trot out the “I was just getting change” excuse in court. It must have been compelling because, according to legend, the citation was dismissed.
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