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Facebook video overturns parking ticket in Israel

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[February 08, 2013]  JERUSALEM -- An Israeli woman has turned to Facebook to beat a parking ticket -- and expose a Tel Aviv road crew.

Hila Ben Baruch says she parked her car legally near her Tel Aviv home only to find it gone and replaced with a handicapped parking sign. City Hall slapped her with more than $300 in fines. Making matters worse, she says a city representative accused her of lying when she called to complain.

Determined to prove her innocence, she obtained footage from a security camera showing municipal workers painting the handicapped symbol under her car, then towing the vehicle away.

She told Channel 2 she was "shocked." The video, put on Facebook, has gone viral.

The Tel Aviv municipality has apologized and refunded the fines.

[Associated Press]

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