A Midlothian man says he got the runaround on Wednesday when he went to pay his $275 speeding ticket.
Shane Valderas intended to pay the fine with a debit card. He was told there would be an $11 fee because the city is charged 4 percent for debit card purchases.
Not willing the pay the fee in justice of the peace court, Valderas went to the bank and got $230 in $1 bills, and $45 dollars in $1 coins. He says the court clerk initially refused to take his cash payment because she didn't like counting all those singles.
Valderas asked to talk to her supervisor, who is Judge Steve Egan.
Judge Egan told Valderas he'd accept the singles, but not the coins, simply because he didn't want to.
So Valderas went back to the bank, got $45 in singles and paid the fine, but there was more problems with a new clerk.
“She says,’I'm not going to count this right now. You must think I have nothing to do,’” said Valderas. “I said, ‘Well, I have plenty of things to do myself, but I need a receipt.’ She says, ‘I'm not giving you a receipt right now; I'll count it later and put a receipt in the mail for you.’ But I need something to show I paid my ticket today, because today is the last day, or else it goes into a warrant.”
Valderas was given an order granting deferred disposition, which was signed by the judge, but it was not notarized.
Now he says he's worried that a warrant might be issued for his arrest, since there is no receipt and no electronic record that he paid his ticket in full.
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