I would like to think that the California Department of Motor Vehicles is persecuting me because of my comments on their terrible service here and here, but that is wishful thinking, so my sympathies to all those Californians who got a letter like I just did.
It’s a bill for renewing my registration and it’s already overdue, for which I will be fined. The outgoing postmark says it was mailed from Sacramento on July 6 and that the fines begin for any payment that is mailed with a postmark after July 10. I was out of town on July 9, so let’s assume it arrived in my mailbox that day (I was here on the 8th and it hadn’t arrived). July 10 is a Sunday, so the only way to avoid the fine would have been to have opened my mail that day, written the check and driven to the post office to get it postmarked on the 9th. If it fact in arrived on the 11th, I would not even have had that option.
Why doesn’t the DMV just set aside 10% of their annual budget for a Tea Party donation, instead of driving up contributions to anti-government groups in such a roundabout fashion?
FOOTNOTE: The immediately overdue bill contains a “special notice” which seems to say the penalties don’t apply, but is so unclearly written that I couldn’t be sure. But I found this on line which maintains that the penalty information is wrong and one can just pay the normal fee. I will do so. If I go to prison, Mark, let’s talk about how to blog on pieces of toilet paper smuggled out of the Q.