So I get a notice in my post box telling me I have a package to collect. I was not expecting anything so I am curious and also scared as I know speed fines occasionally arrive that way. Anyways yesterday I stop by the post office and have to sign for it before seeing what it is. I know its a registered letter as the post office worker had it in her hands but not from whom. Eventually I sign for it and my heart drops as I see that the letter is from the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department. So now I am thinking great, here is bad news. Anyways I open it only to find a cheque for R375 from them.
I had to laugh at myself. Last year we got a fine for that robot in front of the Brightwater commons. I was surprised at the fine as we are very careful drivers and I almost never get fines. Anyways we had to pay but a few months later we got a letter from the department saying there was an error with the camera that day so our fine can be refunded. We had to fill in a bunch of paperwork and give my wife's account details to get the money refunded and after doing all that and not hearing anything for over half a year we sort of gave up on getting that money and forgot about it. I guess the wheels turn slowly but the cheque eventually came! Not sure why they did not transfer into the account as they said they would but whatever, I'm happy! Guess I am taking the family out to dinner real soon.
Also colour me surprised that the cops both told me the fine was invalid, provided a way for me to reclaim the money, and actually delivered on the promise (even if it was really slow). Really improved my week!