So I got pulled over by the sheriff on my way to work yesterday.
Turns out my mother never renewed the registration on the car. I had never looked closely at the license plate to even realize that it still said July. Now, you're probably thinking right now that I should have seen it myself and called attention to it, but I do not own a car, and haven't owned one yet, so unless there's a flashing, beeping light telling me something is wrong, I don't see those kinds of things. I've had my license for about ten years now and I didn't start driving regularly until about four months ago, after the eviction. So you'll have to excuse my inattentiveness.
I got a citation (for how much, I don't know; he said his printer was broken and he'd mail it), but I just know that this is a bill that I will end up paying, even though it isn't mine to pay. Mom insisted that she did get it renewed, but that it must have been sent to the old address. When I mentioned that to my co-workers, they all said the same thing - that if that were true, the sheriff would have seen it when he looked it up on his computer. So she lied through her teeth again, and again, I'm going to end up paying for her mistake. Not only the citation, but the registration, too. The cable bill also comes out of this check, as well as another $100 that I promised to set aside for replacing the tires on the car (although it's moot at this point; Mom has already extorted $360 of the $500 that I was planning to set aside). And that's pretty much going to be my entire paycheck.
I'm thinking that I'll just use the $140 leftover for the tires on the citation/registration, plus however much more it ends up being. I plan to be out of here before I have to drive on snow/ice too much anyway, and after I'm gone, fuck Mom. She can drive that deathtrap and get into an accident for all I care. It's her fault that I couldn't replace the tires, and she deserves whatever is coming to her as a result of that. I held up my promise to save $500. My obligation is over. That was the last nice thing I was going to do for her before I moved out, but she's not worth it anymore. Not after the last year and a half of misery that she has put me through.