Tricks and tickets: Spoof paper plays the fools |

Tricks and tickets: Spoof paper plays the fools

Allyn Harvey

Plenty of people were peeved about their parking tickets Friday, according to the Aspen Police Department.The staffers at the front desk of the Aspen Police Department told The Aspen Times more than a dozen people had called to complain about parking tickets they’d received despite a headline in the Aspen Daily Planet reporting that parking was free on Fridays for the rest of offseason.The Aspen Daily Planet is the Aspen Daily News’ spoof newspaper that comes out every April Fools Day.Some of the people who called the police department reportedly demanded their tickets be forgiven even after they were told it was the April Fools edition of the Daily News, with at least one claiming to be a tourist.Dave Danforth, owner and mascot at the Daily News, said he’s willing to share the cost of the parking tickets with “50 or 100″ of the victims of his staff’s tomfoolery, and he is devising a contest to determine who the lucky unlucky ones will be.To be eligible, car owners must complain to the paper’s management and then come up with an amusing explanation of why they were so naive as to believe anything the Daily Planet (or Daily News) would publish.”We regret that people take this paper so seriously – putting it somewhere between the gospel and the Bible – especially on April Fools Day,” Danforth said.Danforth indicated he’d be willing to pay up to 50 percent of people’s parking fines.

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