A couple have been left fuming after being fined £ 1,250 for parking on their OWN driveway.
Judy and Ed Craine parked in the parking lot outside their home in San Francisco, California for the last 36 years without problems.
But the couple recently received a bizarre letter telling them that they are now banned from parking there.
Authorities also fined her £ 1,250 – and even threatened to pay the couple £ 208 a day to continue parking outside their home.
Ed said, “To suddenly say that you can not use something that we could use for years, it’s surprising.”
It is thought that an anonymous tip from an angry neighbor officials led to the use of an outdated law designed to “preserve neighborhood statistics”.
The decades-old law prohibits residents from keeping cars in their yard.
According to CBS, Dan Sider, the city’s planning chief, said: “I admit that the owner of the property is frustrated. I think I would feel the same way in their situation.
“But the Planning Code does not allow the city to use illegal grandparents on account of them having flown under the radar for a length of time.”
Authorities told the couple they could possibly get an exemption if they proved the parking lot was historically on their property.
Judy told KGO-TV: “We could be grandpa in. If we showed them a historic photo that showed a car … or a horse pulled buggy in the carport.”
The Craines found a photo from 34 years ago showing the car on the spot – but officials said it was not old enough.
The couple then found a 1938 photo showing a car as a horse-and-car driving in the parking lot – but stubborn officials said the photo was not clear enough.
In the end, San Francisco city officials ended up separating the fine after the couple agreed to stop parking on the sidewalk.
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