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Impossible to Replace Stolen Parking Sticker

My car was stolen about a month ago and I had to use a rental for a few weeks. I went to the parking office in Building E32 and received a temporary sticker. So far, so good.

My car was never found, and gone with it was the MIT parking sticker. My next visit to E32 was not so quick. It seems that in order not to pay the full amount of $25 for a new sticker, you must have a portion of the old one.

I showed MIT parking officials the stolen car report with the notation “for further identification” that there was an MIT parking sticker on it. I tried to reason with them that the car was gone and so was the sticker. “How can I bring you a piece of it back?” The robotic response from Director of Parking and Transportation John MacDonald was “our policy is, if you don’t have a portion of the sticker it will cost you the full amount.” This guy will make the Registry of Motor Vehicles on the next round of hiring.

Al Cangeme