We rented a car in Italy last summer and returned it on time and with a full tank of gas.  We thought that was the end of it until a month ago when we received a letter from the rental company informing us that they used our credit card to pay a parking infraction we incurred in one of the small towns we visited.  They enclosed a copy of the ticket and payment, and although annoying that we got a ticket in the first place, we were pleased that it was dealt with.  (Truthfully, I remember parking somewhere and being too lazy to figure out how to use their parking ticket dispensers... live and learn.)

Yesterday I went to the post office after I was informed that there was a registered letter being held for us.  After showing ID and signing for it I was handed an envelope completely covered in Italian stamps.  I opened it and SURPRISE!  Almost exactly 7 months later we were in possession of a speeding ticket on an Italian freeway.  They have radar cameras everywhere and apparently our 107 km/hr in a 90 km/hr zone warranted a 145€ ticket!  Yowzers...

So, what is the moral of the story?  I guess it's that you should take a few minutes and buy a parking ticket and don't speed.  Easier said than done though, right?

car<---  The car that did us in...  Very roomy, comfortable, and (apparently) fast!


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