updated 3/28/2007 9:15:25 PM ET 2007-03-29T01:15:25

A $1 parking ticket from 1980 has been paid off, after the offender sent the payment along with a $3 late fee to police — without giving a name.

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"It's kind of cool that someone took the time to take care of their obligation after 26 years," police Capt. Mike Babe told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for a story posted online Monday. "Maybe their conscience got to them."

The signature on the money order used to pay for the ticket is not legible, and the return address reads: "Someone who keeps way too many old papers way too long." The envelope carried a Chicago postmark.

State transportation records show that the license plate number on the ticket is inactive.

Waukesha stopped using parking meters in 1989, a city official said.

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