Mindy: Hey, where are you going?
Eric: I'm going to traffic court. I got a parking ticket and I'm going to fight it.
Mindy: How much was the fine?
Eric: It was only $40. But it's not the money, it's the principle of the thing.
Mindy: Why? Weren't you parked illegally?
Eric: No, I wasn‚Äôt. The street I live on has metered parking from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. After 6, you can park there with a permit. Well, I parked my car at 7:30 PM and I have a permit. But, I still got a ticket.
Mindy: Did you display the permit clearly? It isn't expired, is it?
Eric: Yeah, it's clearly displayed and it's good until June 2007.
Mindy: Well, it sounds like you have a good case. Are you representing yourself or did you hire a lawyer?
Eric: I'm going there by myself. Wish me luck.
Mindy: Good luck. If the judge locks you away, I promise to visit you in jail.
Eric: Thanks a lot. I'll remember that.
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