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It was lunchtime and the seven of us — two kids and five adults — would be in the car for the next three hours as we drove from New York City to upstate Connecticut for the weekend.
We decided to get some takeout at a place on the corner of 8th and Broadway. I pulled along the curb and ran in to get everyone’s orders.
In no time, Isabelle, my eight year old, came running in the restaurant.
Daddy! Come quick! The police are giving you a ticket!
I ran outside.
“Wait, don’t write the ticket, I’ll move it right away,” I offered.
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