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When Mady Hymowitz’s license plates were stolen from her Nissan Sentra in December 1998, she reported the theft to the Metropolitan Police Department and received new tags from the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles. A few months later, Hymowitz received an overdue notice for a parking ticketissued to the car now bearing her stolen plates. Police seemed uninterested in the lead, but their municipal counterparts in motor vehicles remained vigilant. Since then, Hymowitz has received past-due letters for 10 additional parking violations. After many phone calls and explanations, the city dismissed many of the tickets. But two weeks ago, Hymowitz, who moved to Canada in June, received a letter stating that her photocopied police report was insufficient evidence to dismiss one of the tickets. “I finally gave up and sent in a check [for $50],” says Hymowitz. “I just want them to stop bothering me.” Laura Lang
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