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June 06, 2019

No, the Philadelphia Parking Authority didn't ticket a car that caught fire on South Street

The sedan with Massachusetts license plates went up in flames in front of the TLA on Wednesday evening

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A car caught fire on South Street on Wednesday, and was later seen stuck with a Philadelphia Parking Authority ticket. The PPA said Thursday it wasn't its doing.

A car caught fire outside the Theater of Living Arts on South Street on Wednesday evening, and photos and videos from the scene were shared across Facebook and Twitter, as is often the case.

One video that caught folks' attention, however, featured a classic Philly trope: the Philadelphia Parking Authority showing no mercy.

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The video, uploaded by Philadelphia resident Stephanie Gartanutti on Facebook, showed a PPA ticket had placed on the vehicle's charred remains after the fire had been extinguished.

Warning: text displayed on the screen during the video is NSFW.

Gartanutti told PhillyVoice she wasn't the one who took the video; rather, a friend sent it to her.

Because a similar thing happened last September near Drexel University's campus, the ticketing seemed relatively believable, and the internet ate it up:

But the PPA said Thursday evening in a Facebook post that the ticket wasn't actually given by a parking authority employee:

Philadelphia Parking Authority ticket burned car fire south street

"We have confirmed that we did not ticket this vehicle," the post reads. "It appears someone may have placed a ticket envelope on this vehicle as a joke of sorts. We hope no one was harmed during this incident."

Good joke, everyone! But even the PPA isn't that ruthless.

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