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Chicago woman settles $105,000 'nightmare' parking fine

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Ever got a parking ticket? 

It's not uncommon to get one, but have you ever left your car somewhere so long you got more than 678 tickets worth more than $100,000? Probably not. 

A Chicago woman has finally awoke from her parking ticket nightmare after settling $105,000 in fines after her car was left at an airport in 2009. 

DNAinfo Chicago reported that Jennifer Fitzgerald's ex-boyfriend left her car at O'Hare airport's employee parking lot in 2009. 

While it sat there, the car received 678 tickets. It was finally towed in April of 2012.

Fitzgerald said she was unable to access the employee parking lot during that time.

She continued to receive tickets after the car's plates were revoked. 

Fitzgerald sued the city to drop the $105,000 in fines. With legal help she managed to settle with the city out of court for $4,500. 

"It was a nightmare for her until I got involved," said Robin Omahana, the lawyer that represented Fitzgerald for free. 

"I thought it would just be writing a couple of letters and making a few a few phone calls.

Before I filed the lawsuit, the city would not budge off the $106,000. They were taking a hard line." 

She settled with the city out of court for $4,500. 

Should the city have handled this differently?

What's the worst parking ticket you've ever received?

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