Isaiah Freedman staff writer
Walking back to your car and seeing a plain white envelope lying on the windshield can be a crushing feeling.
Most likely, you just received a parking ticket, a costly $158 penalty. Usually, the best course of action is to suck it up, fork over the money and move on. Another move is to fight the ticket, but that usually never ends well. For senior Josh Fouladian, however, it does.
One might believe that the people most qualified to fight these tickets would be lawyers, but the best person to fight them is still in high school. Fouladian has been the recipient of two parking tickets throughout his driving career, and he has miraculously sidestepped paying both.
“You just have to make it seem like it was their fault,” Fouladian said. “Blame them, not you. The number one rule to remember is that it is not your fault, it’s theirs.”
Fouladian would not delve too deep into his process for fighting tickets, but he would divulge that one should always check to see if their car’s license and VIN number (the small print on the far right corner of the dashboard) are correctly copied onto the ticket. He also claimed that letters explaining the situation are always the most effective way to avoid paying the ticket. Lastly, he advised to always snap a photo of the parked car.
Fouladian’s skill of fighting a parking ticket does not only apply to himself. He is happy to spread the wealth and help any of his friends or family who have been ticketed.
Senior Aviel Ghermezi, a close friend of Fouladian’s dating back to elementary school, once called upon his trusted friend in the face of having to pay a parking ticket.
“Josh can literally fight any ticket within Beverly Hills. He once saved me by writing a whole four page letter to the city explaining what happened. And boom, no ticket,” Ghermezi said, still awestruck by the memory.
In fact, Fouladian’s latest heroic act happened quite recently. His friend, Ben Nourafshan, received a whopping $500 ticket. Unsurprisingly, as soon as Fouladian was on the case, the charge was dropped.
But do not think of Fouladian as some sort of mischief man, cheating the city out of money. He has ethically correct reasons as to why he chooses to oppose tickets.
“This city gets so much money that it is ridiculous they are trying to squeeze more out from upstanding citizens,” Fouladian said. “The city does not need the money they collect from citing tickets, so I refuse to let them take advantage of us.”