It concerns a fleeting visit I made on the bike to the city of Rotorua for some shopping. It's a major tourist centre and in addition to fleecing tourists for various attractions in the area, the city fathers clearly see the regular issue of parking infringement notices as a useful addition to city revenue. Parking wardens lurk round every corner. I took the risk of parking illegally as no more than 5 minutes were going to be spent in the shop. A cunningly camouflaged warden must have licked his or her lips on seeing me arrive and sure enough, there was a ticket on the bike but no warden in sight in the few scant moments it took to make a purchase.
It was pretty much pointless writing a letter ranting and raving about the unfairness of it all, so I tried one which was hopefully a mix of humour and grovelling. It's reproduced below - click to enlarge, then + to zoom.
And the outcome? It got waived!! It must have lightened someone's day and since then, I've always tried to write letters of complaint in a similar vein, getting a reasonable amount of success. One even got me an apology and a classy box of chocolates! Might be worth giving it a try if you suffer the indignity of a ticket when you're on the bike.
Finally, a quotation from an unknown (but wise) source:
People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it's safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.