When we went to the beach this winter, I got a ticket on the way home somewhere outside of St Louis. That ticket was in the glove box of the car when Wee and I got t-boned and in the mad search for insurance documents and my state of mind at the time, several things didn't get collected before it was towed, and the ticket was lost. I knew it was due in June. There are in excess of 100 municipalities in the St Louis area. I managed to track down the correct one (eventually) using google and got the ticket number and was told I could pay it on their phone system. Yesterday, the phone system kept rejecting the number. Today, I called in and it accepted the number, but said it was past due (I'm sure...but I HAVE been trying to track this down) and transferred me to a court clerk. The court clerk said there is no automated system, and if I pay them by 4pm today, it will be fine (that is 3 hours away). If I don't pay them by 4pm today, then there will be a warrant out for my arrest. OR I can pay an extra $75 if its not there by 4pm today to avoid the warrant. According to this woman, there is no way to pay them over the phone. And I will have to come in because, since I don't have the ticket, there's no way to enter a plea of guilty even if I mail the fine; I have nothing to sign. I even offered to write a statement and overnight it all. OMG. Really? This is ridiculous. So I can take off right now and drive to St Louis and back to pay a $50 ticket. Or I can wait til another day, drive to St Louis, and pay $125. Or, be a total bum and never go back to St Louis and hope I never get caught on that warrant (haha not really an option). I realize its ultimately my fault that the ticket got lost, but really. I AM trying to pay it here...can't you give me just an iota of credit for that??? If I was just another bum with a rap sheet, would I have really googled 100+ courts in the St Louis area to find this stupid thing???