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Hillsborough police launches 'Food for Fines' program to pay off parking tickets

Posted 11:14 a.m. Wednesday

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— Residents of Hillsborough planning to pay off parking tickets through the end of 2016 can do so by donating food, police said Wednesday.

“As we are entering the holiday season, we are reflecting on ways that we can all help our community,” Hillsborough Police Chief Duane Hampton wrote this week in a letter to citizens with outstanding parking tickets. “Unfortunately, many families may go without a meal. As a result, the Hillsborough Police Department is initiating a Food for Fines program.”

Under the program, residents can receive credit for $10 parking fines by donating unopened canned or boxed food items.

Per registered vehicle, citizens may pay for one ticket with five food items or for multiple tickets with 10 food items. All donated food will be given to Orange Congregations in Mission in Hillsborough to help local families in need.

Patrol officers also will include information on the program with any parking tickets issued through the end of 2016.

Tickets may be paid with food at the main police station, 127 N. Churton St., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact the Hillsborough Police Department at 919-732-9381.

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  • John Ragan Nov 30, 1:20 p.m.
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    1st they would have to get off their lazy buts and give a parking ticket