Five years after Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer, the city of San Francisco is trying to give him $176.
It’s part of a wider effort by the city government to refund drivers who overpaid their parking tickets. The Apple co-founder’s name appears on a long list that covers hundreds of thousands of overpayments from 1995 to 2012. And he’s in good company: the list includes high-profile people including PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, California attorney general Kamala Harris and Travis Kalanick, the chief executive of Uber.
But what makes Jobs stand out here are the insane lengths he went to avoid parking tickets in the first place. Jobs famously changed his car every six months just to take advantage of a California loophole that prevents you from having to install license plates on your vehicle.
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Jobs also had a habit of deliberately parking in handicap spaces. But because that mostly seemed to happen on Apple’s own campus, it doesn’t appear to have gotten him any tickets.
But the San Francisco list in 2016 suggests that even despite Jobs’ efforts to circumvent the city’s parking enforcement, he still got dinged at least a few times. And, for some unknown reason, he also was overly generous in paying the fines.