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Topic: Semi-Ethical Dilemma

Jim in Merced CA
Tue 11/20/2012 10:20p
Okay, so three days ago, I get my sticker for my car registration in the mail. I put it my 'in box' in my home office, and for what ever reason, it got tossed out with the other junk mail.

My question.

When I call the DMV, do I come clean and tell them that I stupidly tossed it out with the junk. My fear is that I'll have to pay some additional fee for re-processing.


Do I just tell them it hasn't arrived in the mail yet and where is it?

As Jiminy Cricket used to ask in those Disney produced cartoons "What would you do?"
Tue 11/20/2012 10:42p
In my experience .. the DMV is so BY THE BOOK .. I think your second option might be your best bet. ;) ... I do wonder if anyone else will chime in .. with better advice.
Tue 11/20/2012 10:51p
I never received my sticker for my truck. I forgot all about it till I got pulled over by a cop. I went to the DMV and told them I never received it and they gave me a new one for No charge.

Hope that helps!

Tue 11/20/2012 10:59p
Mail does get lost you know. ;)

And what skin is it off their nose .. to reissue a sticker? Regardless of why the first one is missing.

They want to move you through .. and get you done .. so they can move on to the next person. DMV's don't exactly have a shortage of people waiting for their turn.

To them, there's no emotion or sense of caring what you did with it, or didn't do ......... issuing another sticker .. means grabbing a form ... type whatever info into their computers ... tell you it's being processed ... (and as we say in Australia) BOBS YOUR UNCLE! Meaning - finished! Done. Finito!
Jim in Merced CA
Tue 11/20/2012 11:07p
Thanks all -/ I was leaning toward option #2 also
Wed 11/21/2012 3:59a
Yup, it's ok to lie as long as it benefits yourself... America at it's finest...
Wed 11/21/2012 6:28a
If there was any type of significant, or even insignificant expense to the DMV then maybe I'd lean to coming clean and paying the fine. Heck, I do that at the library all the time. My kids have lost DVDs, books, you name it. And, of course, I have to pay hefty fines for that. I suppose I could say, "well...we put it in the hopper so you lost it somewhere" but I don't want to have taxpayers pay for my own stupidity. Libraries are underfunded as it is.

But, oc dean is right...this amounts to a sticker that probably isn't worth a nickle.
Jim in Merced CA
Wed 11/21/2012 7:58a
<Yup, it's ok to lie as long as it benefits yourself... America at it's finest...>

See? This is the dilemma. I think I'm interested -- from a science experiment POV -- to see how the DMV handles 'the dumb guy who threw away his registration sticker."
Wed 11/21/2012 8:07a
Jim, why not go there, say you lost it, if they try to charge you, say you are gonna I home and look again the make your decision? You may be surprised...
Jim in Merced CA
Wed 11/21/2012 8:24a
Maybe they'll take pity on me...


I'm so irritated anyway. I have useless old mail and receipts at my fingertips, and I throw this away. Really Jim?

Anyway -- thanks for the input -- I'll let you know what happens.

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