Sunday, May 18, 2008

Crime and Corruption in Friendswood

So I never got to blog about Tobie taking care of his ticket....So when Tobie missed his court date, the City of Friendswood charged him $200 for bond...They set a new court date and while we were both suffering with the stomach flu Tobie got his car inspected with the idea that with the new inspection, Friendswood would just charge court fees and Tobie would be on his way. So, court day arrives, Tobie goes in without any idea as to the charges for the two tickets. Apparently Friendswood does not post the prices for what each ticket is worth. Its not on the back of the ticket and its not on their website. So they divide this big group of people up into two groups...Tobie assumes into moving and non-moving violations...again its not posted so he has no idea. He gets up to a court clerk, shows him the inspection...well apparently Friendswood needs new roads. They claim that Tobies ticket was going to be $297, but just for him $197...suspiciously close to the $200 bond they already got out of Tobie. When he paid the bond, the clerk told him he would get back any money that he did not have to pay toward his tickets...hmmmmm. Sounds like a scam. How much would the ticket have been if he did not have to pay the bond??? So Tobie goes up to the check out window and the lady tries to tell Tobie that she does not think they can write a check for less than five dollars and Tobie was only due three dollars!!!! Talk about a scam! So with no posting of what anything costs, they seem to be able to make up any price they want, and sense they already had $200 from Tobie, they were going to find a way to keep it. Tobie said when he left, he felt "Dirty". Like they were pulling a scam on everyone who walked through the door. So surprising to both of us, last week we received a check for $3 from the City of Friendswood. I guess they decided that they actually knew how to write checks for less than $5.

Ticket for no inspection $197 Ticket for no proof of insurance $0....Feeling like you go ripped off by the City of Friendswood...Priceless


  1. Oh you got ripped off... I'm sure that's lining somebody's pocket. Friendswood doesn't need new roads, the sheriff needs a new pool...