Be sure to pay attention in English class. Why? It could get you out of a parking ticket.
An Ohio woman was definitely paying attention in English class the day they covered commas, and she’s not afraid to flex her knowledge in times of need.
The town of West Jefferson prohibits a number of types vehicles from parking for more than 24 hours, including a “motor vehicle camper,” So the woman’s pickup truck got towed.
Lucky for Andrea Cammelleri, the lawmakers forgot to put a comma between the words vehicle and camper.
“I brought the ordinance home to my boyfriend,” Cammelleri said. “He reads it. He goes, ‘It’s done. It’s missing a comma.”
This grammatical error gave Cammelleri leverage to argue that her pick-up truck did not meet the description, and so she did not breach the law.
And luckily for her, the appeals court agreed.
“We won,” she said. “I was so surprised.”
It’s a good day when grammarians win!