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Woman receives collection notice for parking ticket she never received

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

A collections notice is probably one of the worst pieces of mail you can get. Especially if it's for a ticket, you never even knew existed. It's tough to imagine, but it happened to one local woman. She said she was getting no where fighting the nearly 10 year old bogus ticket until she said 'Help me Hayley!'

"I was shocked," said Stacy Walters. "Really worried."

Talk about a blast from the past. Stacy couldn't believe it when she got a collection notice in the mail for a parking ticket she never received

"I don't know where it came from," she said.

But she does know the car. It was a rental. Documents show she did in fact rent it, but three days after the ticket was issued in downtown Spokane.

"It could have been the previous one or after, but it wasn't me," she told KHQ.

With proof like a rental agreement outlining specific dates, it should have been a breeze to clear her name, right? wrong.

"They blew me off," Stacy said of everyone she contacted to help fix the matter.

So she called our Hayley Guenthner.

"I appreciate all Hayley did," she said. "She came through."

Hayley gathered up every document supporting Stacy's innocence and forwarded them to city officials who could pass them off to parking staff. Hayley also headed to municipal court.

Staff there listened to what was going on and gave Hayley the motion form Stacy needed  to get seen by a judge to present her case. Hayley couldn't file it right then because it needed Stacy's signature. Hayley made a date to file the form with Stacy the following week, but when that day finally came, Stacy checked her mail and realized that was no longer necessary.

"The ticket is pulled from collections," Stacy said.

The letter of dismissal was mailed out the day after Hayley went into the courthouse. Stacy breathing a sigh of relief, eight years in the making.

"I did nothing wrong," she said. "It's a weight off my shoulders. I can sleep better thinking 'Hey I'm not going to collections.'"

 We did reach out to the rental company, Enterprise, to see how Stacy took the blame for a ticket on a car she didn't even have on that day.

They said because the ticket was from so many years ago, it was hard to say what exactly might have happened. They have reached out to Stacy to and said they are "looking into what might have happened in hear specific case." They added that their process has changed quite a bit since then. 

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