Scooter owner victim of bizarre parking fine hoax 女騎士遭惡整 機車被移出停車格拍照檢舉

Tue, Oct 03, 2017 - Page 15

A 33-year-old woman, surnamed Hsiao, normally parks her scooter within a marked out parking space on Chenggong Road in New Taipei City’s Jhonghe District. However, in a strange turn of events, a 63-year-old male surnamed Liu allegedly, over the course of a week, repeatedly pulled her scooter outside the parking lines and then proceeded to take photographs which he used to tip-off the police, before returning the scooter to its original position. After receiving seven parking fines in a row, Hsiao made some checks and realised she had been duped. The police have charged Liu with coercion and causing damage to property.

It is believed that Liu left different personal details each of the seven times he submitted a tip-off to the police and, after investigating the personal details left by the informants, police discovered all seven tip-offs came from the same e-mail address. Concluding that the seven informants were in fact the same individual, the police reviewed CCTV footage, found Liu and called him in for questioning.

Liu denies he is the individual in the CCTV footage and also denies the e-mail address used to send the tip-offs belongs to him. Following preliminary investigations, the police have ascertained that Liu and Hsiao did not previously know each other, while Hsiao says she has no known enemies. The precise motive remains unclear.