It’s actually a little hard to tell if the “pros” that are mentioned in this story are referring to the actual pro players who play baseball or football, or if it’s referring to people who know the secrets while going to see the games. The wise ones, the experts. The people who have all the tricks.
People who have gone to see professional games know that the tickets to get in are just part of the overall cost – there are also snacks and drinks to buy, as well as transportation. If you have the chance to save on one of those and support your favorite team, why not take advantage of it? It’s also sort of amazing that a parking ticket costs less than legal parking.
Maybe We Should Change that Rule
Yeah, it seems like that little penalty wasn’t all that well thought out. Also, how bad must it have been during this time period (which we see to be 209 to 208 B.C.) for these commanders to realize they’re going to be late, shrug, and just pull an Uno reverse card?
Well, things seem to have taken a turn for the worse at that time, since it was following the death of Qin Shi Huang of the Qin Dynasty. This rebellion, and a number of others, helped to pave the way to the Han dynasty, which was one of the great golden ages in the long history of China. We assume the Han dynasty did not include this tardiness equals death rule.
And That Was When a Scholarship Meant Something!
Loopholes come in all kinds of forms. This one seems less like a rule that missed a spot, and more like something that was still on the books even though it shouldn’t have been. Still, it worked out great for this guy and who knows how many others. We’re guessing that he was going to school in the sixties or seventies, which meant that a scholarship covered way more than what one of them covers nowadays.
Back then, college was like a thousand dollars a semester, and not fifteen thousand. That might even be on the low end of things now. Good luck trying to find scholarships that will cover an entire semester anymore unless you get REALLY lucky.
Cutting Down College Costs
Parking for four hundred dollars for the entire year isn’t a crazy amount of money, but if you’re in college it’s worth finding every way you can to save. Going to that big university is costing quite a lot of pretty pennies. This person decided to roll the dice on not getting ticketed too many times, and found that he or she was saving a ton of money.
If the numbers are correct, it was a little over ten bucks per ticket, and four or five tickets for the whole year. Not even sixty dollars compared to four hundred big ones. That’s a decision almost anybody could make, even if it is technically against the law. But, hey, pay the tickets as you get them, and there’s not much people can do to complain.
They Love Their Language
There’s no other detail about this story that we can share, other than the Irish are pretty particular about making sure that their language survives the passage of time. Despite the fact that this Romanian man might not have even spoken that language, the case was dismissed because the local constabulary didn’t follow the rules.
Gotta say it in Irish, even if that makes zero sense to someone who lives on the far side of Europe from the Emerald Isle. We don’t expect this loophole to come in handy much – mostly because we don’t expect to go to Ireland and get drunk, but also because they probably know their lesson by now. Just to make sure this kind of thing doesn’t happen again, they’ll give all the charges in Irish, too.