A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 04, 2016
“Someone complimented my parking, leaving a note saying ‘Parking Fine‘“

A popular parking joke is:

“You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen, It said ‘Parking Fine.’ So that was nice.”

The joke was posted to the newsgroup rec.food.cooking on July 3, 2001. The joke is usually credited to British prop comedian Tommy Cooper (1921-1984), although contemporary citations have not been located.


Wikipedia: Tommy Cooper
Thomas Frederick Cooper (19 March 1921 – 15 April 1984) was a British prop comedian and magician. Cooper was a member of the Magic Circle, and respected by traditional magicians. He was famed for his red fez, and his appearance was large and lumbering, at 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) and more than 15 stone (210 lb; 95 kg) in weight. On 15 April 1984, Cooper collapsed, and died soon afterwards, from a heart attack on live national television.

Googe Groups: rec.food.cooking
Squid in its ink
Alan Ladd
7/3/01
(...)
You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen, it said “Parking Fine” ... So that was nice.

Google Groups: uk.people.support.arthritis
OT More groaners
Alison
10/22/01
(...)
“You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today.
They left a little note on the windscreen,
It said ‘Parking Fine.’
So that was nice.”

Google Groups: alt.2eggs.sausage.beans.tomatoes.2toast.largetea.cheerslove
Spotted by Stevie in the Mail magazine
chrisgreville
1/23/02
(...)
Someone complimented me on my driving.
They left a note on my screen saying “Parking Fine”

27 May 2003, Poughkeepsie (Y) Journal, “Overheard,” pg. 6E, col. 4:
“You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windshield which said ‘Parking Fine.’”
Tommy Cooper

Google Groups: uk.rec.driving
Parking
North London Yobbo
7/11/03
You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen, it said ‘Parking Fine.’ So that was nice.

Google Books
Jokes Over Easy :- 1,386 Delicious Jokes from the Best Comedians
By Judy Brown
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble
2003
Pg. 75:
Somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said “Parking Fine.” —TOMMY COOPER

Twitter
FunnyOneLiners
‏@Funnyoneliners
Someone actually complimented my parking today! They left a little note on the windshield that read “Parking Fine.”
3:37 PM - 10 Jul 2009

Google Books
Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations
By Gyles Brandreth
New York, NY: Oxford University Press
2013
Pg. 97:
Somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said: ‘Parking fine’.
Tommy Cooper 1921-84 British comedian: attributed

Google Books
Tommy Cooper All In One Joke Book
Compiled by John Fisher
New York, NY: Random House
2014
Pg. ?:
Someone actually complimented me on m driving the other day. They put a note on my windscreen that said, ‘Parking fine.’ So that was nice.

Reddit
Somebody finally complimented me on my parking today!
submitted October 5, 2016 by xLittleMidgetx
I got a note on my windshield that said “Parking Fine”.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Tuesday, October 04, 2016 • Permalink