DIXMOOR, Ill. (CBS) — Imagine the shock you would feel if you received a $750 parking ticket.
This is the reality of a trucker who decided to spend the night in a car park in the southern suburb of Dixmoor. CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar discovered the ticket issuance wasn’t a mistake – but something still isn’t quite right.
“Then I looked at it – $750 – you know, it’s a pretty expensive motel,” trucker Robert Tincani said.
Tincani has been a trucker for more than two decades. He lives in Ohio, but a recent itinerary took him to the suburb of Dixmoor on April 1.
“April Fool on me,” he said.
It turned out to be the most expensive save of his career.
Tincani had finished driving for the night, and the nearby designated truck parking lots were full. So he pulled into the parking lot of a mall anchored by an Aldi store.
But when he woke up the next morning, there was a ticket slapped on his truck. He said he was glued to the window.
The ticket was $750.
Tincani admits to parking illegally. The only signage was across the pitch – and Tincani says he didn’t see it.
Online, Dixmoor Municipal Code provides a $100 fine for illegally parked trucks. But police say the code posted on their own village’s website is outdated.
They sent out the new code, in which trucks banned from certain streets are subject to a hefty $750 fine. The same violation in Chicago is only $125.
Rosemont is $350. Calumet City is also fining truckers $750.
But the Dixmoor municipal code refers to “trucks banned from certain streets”. Since Tincani was not parked on the street, he says he should not have been hit with that order or the $750 fine.
But the Dixmoor Deputy Chief Constable says Tincani used roads on which lorries are not allowed to take the lot – and as a result he was properly ticketed.
In 2020, we met trucker Steve Martin. He was also stunned after being handed a $750 note as he drove through Dixmoor on a street where semi-trailers are not allowed.
“I think it’s unethical,” Martin said in the 2020 report.
As for Tincani’s ticket, it was his boss who paid for it. But he wants others to be aware as they pass through the southern suburb village.
“I’m a truck driver, and everyone assumes truck drivers are rich,” Tincani said. “It’s not. We’re not rich.”