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Chicago resident Tom Fedder has received 170 parking ticket notices over the past two years. Fedder maintains he has done nothing wrong and says his car was not present at any of the alleged infractions. Fedder is not a poor driver; his troubles are the result of a decision made by his grandfather forty years ago.

Fedder’s grandfather received the license plate number “0” as a reward for special service to then-Illinois Secretary of State John Lewis. Recently, parking attendants began using the number “0”as a test case for new electronic ticketing devices. They did not realize the number belonged to someone or that Fedder was receiving the false notices. Judges advised Fedder to get new license plates, but he prefers to keep the number because he considers it prestigious since it is lower than the governor’s license plate. The city has taken measures to ensure registered plate numbers are no longer used for test cases, and says Fedder will get refunds on the tickets he has already paid.

--Man ticketed 170 Times for ‘Nothing’, http://news.aol.com/article/man-with-0-license-plate-ticketed/530597; June 17, 2009, Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

1 Peter 2:19-20 (CEV) “ God will bless you, even if others treat you unfairly for being loyal to him. 20 You don't gain anything by being punished for some wrong you have done. But God will bless you, if you have to suffer for doing something good.”

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