The home-care assistant targeted by the ticket first noticed it sticking out from under her windscreen wiper as she approached her vehicle on Friday.
Written on a typed sheet titled “Parking offence“ and stamped with an official insignia, it read:
“This is not a parking ticket. However, if it was up to me you would get two of them.“
The anonymous “warden” added that the woman’s “idiotic, inconsiderate and amateurish” parking meant she was “taking up enough space for 20 donkeys, two elephants, one goat and a troupe of Lilliputians“.
Lilliputians are the tiny six-inch tall inhabitants of the fabulous island of Lilliput, coined in Jonathan Swift’s book “Gulliver’s Travels“, published in 1726.
The fake parking ticket also included a payment slip.
“The slip is empty though. It has no amount or account number on it,“ the care assistant’s son, Ramon Canonica, told Blick newspaper.
Irate that the woman had taken up so much parking space, the self-styled warden ended his note by wishing the woman would have “transmission failure soon on the motorway at minus 20 degrees Celsius and with a wind force of 12 knots.“
Zürich city police spokesman Marco Cortesi urged people to report any similar abuses to the police.
“More and more people copy logos and use them for things like this,“ he said, “That is clearly illegal“.