Gary, of Gary's Liquors in West Roxbury, ventured out of his leafy bubble last night and drove down to the Seaport to enjoy a meal at Lola 42. Two hours later, he walked over to the Fan Pier Garage, put his ticket into the machine and was informed he owed $14,235 - which he could pay in cash.
He says that next time he goes to the restaurant, he'll ask if they validate.
In the meantime, he adds, he had to spend 30 minutes looking for an attendant, who marked his bill down to $18.
He said it was just a damaged ticket... I said "Ya think!"