I was going to post this in the Special Snowflake thread but then I realized it was more brain hurty than anything. Though the guy was still kind of SS-y for the attitude.
In our city, every car must have a City Sticker. And depending upon what street you live on, some residents are required to have a residential parking sticker if they wish to park on the street. The City Sticker isn't cheap, they run about $75 per year for your average car (they cost more if you have a large SUV or pickup truck). The residential stickers are $25/year. The stickers go on sale in May or early June and they're expected to be on your car by June 30. This is not a secret and is heavily advertised. If you buy your sticker after the deadline, it's another $40. And if the local PD pulls you over or spots your car on the street and it doesn't have a sticker on it, you get a $120 fine.
So we had this tenant who suddenly absolutely refused to buy a city sticker or residential sticker. He'd bought them before but decided they were stupid and he just wasn't gonna do it anymore. I get it, we do a little moaning and eye rolling over it sometimes but it's a requirement for living here. We're all free to live elsewhere. No one is being held hostage.
So June 30 came and went and he started getting tickets. He chose to ignore them and racked up a few tickets. Then his car got booted (you get the boot when you ignore your 3rd ticket). It cost $60 to get the boot removed but you have to pay your tickets before they'll do that. Leave it too long and you get towed. And THEN you get to pay for the impound to spring your car.
So he got towed. By my estimates, he now had to pony up at least
$580 in boot/tickets/impound PLUS the $100 PLUS the $40 late fee because he didn't want to pay $100 to have the proper stickers. And he really needed his car for work, so he HAD to get it out. And he complained about it every minute we saw him.