March 18, 2009

Parking ticket mix-up after mailbox closed

The company contracted to run the St. Louis Parking Violation Bureau said several payments may have been lost when its mailbox was closed over a lease charge.

Allied Computer Services of Dallas, which has a contract to run the bureau with St. Louis Treasurer Larry Williams, said administrative oversight led to the nonpayment of a $52 semiannual lease charge on its mailbox, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday.

The box was closed from Feb. 19 until last Thursday, with some of the payments returned to their senders and envelopes without return addresses sent to a dead-letter office in Minnesota.

The company estimated that between 500 and 600 people were affected by the mix-up and suggested anyone concerned about the status of their mailed payment phone their St. Louis office.

Williams said in a statement that he was deeply disappointed with the company.