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UF will let parking violators pay fine with food donations

From now on, instead of opening their wallets to pay parking fines, students and visitors at the University of Florida can open their cupboards.
Credit: Twitter
University of Florida President W. Kent Fuchs sits among the food items that were brought in to pay off parking fines.

Instead of opening their wallets to pay parking fines, students and visitors at the University of Florida can open their cupboards.

W. Kent Fuchs, president of the university, said last week that he was allowing people with parking fines to donate five food items to the school's Field and Fork Food Pantry to satisfy each parking fine from the past 12 months.

"For many years, parking tickets have been a source of contention between the university administration, and our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and visitors," Fuchs begins in the 38-second video posted by UF's twitter account.

"I am pleased to announced, on this first day of April, that UF will have an amnesty program for parking fines. And today I'm calling on Scott Fox, the director of Transportation and Parking Services to create by tomorrow, a program that will allow the past twelve months of parking tickets to be forgiven."

As of Friday afternoon, Fuchs said 9,455 donations had been made to pay off 1,891 citations.

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