Update March 4, 4:50 p.m.: The city of Asheville gets “Rickrolled.” In a fun twist that no one checked at first, the QR code on the fake parking tickets doesn’t ask for money, and yet it doesn’t give you up or let you down either.
The latest news from the city of Asheville:
Someone is handing out bogus parking citations in downtown Asheville. Two were discovered today, once when a person who received the alleged citation contacted Asheville Parking Services, and another time when a parking enforcement officer noticed one on a car and removed it.
The false citations have the City of Asheville logo on them, making them look official, said Harry Brown, Parking Services Manager.
They also have QR codes on them. “That’s a dead giveaway,” said Brown. “Our citations do not have QR codes on them.”
The false tickets also sport alarmingly high fines on them, much higher fines than the City of Asheville charges. The false ticket says due now: $100 with a late charge of $200. The actual fine for overtime parking is $10.
Authentic City of Asheville citations also have an orange stripe across the top above the word PARKING CITATION.
If anyone believes they’ve received a bogus parking ticket call Asheville Parking Services at 828-259-5759. For more information about parking in the City of Asheville visit, http://www.ashevillenc.gov/Departments/ParkingServices.aspx.
3 thoughts on “Keeping Asheville weird: Bogus parking tickets discovered in downtown Asheville— Updated with a twist”
It is an early April Fool’s print — a Rickroll, no less! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rickrolling)
Fake payment on the fake ticket is fake due on April 1 and the QR code takes you to the Never Gonna Give You Up video on YouTube.
Hey, if you scan the barcode, it’s just a link to Youtube — RICKROLL!! LOL, this is actually pretty hilarious, not a revenue generating scam at all.
Somebody is mighty clever! Oh to have such tech skills…