Stop traffic tickets from increasing your insurance premium
Did you recently get a traffic ticket in Atlanta? As long as it was a run-of-the-mill speeding you’re likely eligible for the city’s Pre-Trial Intervention-Traffic program, otherwise known as PTIT. Look for a postcard in the mail in the first week or two after getting the citation -- it will tell you if you could qualify. Follow the directions and you’ll end up paying less than the normal court fine, plus the infraction won’t trigger additional points on your driving record, which should keep your car insurance payments from increasing. They say you’re only supposed to have this option and use it once a year, but if you find yourself getting a second ticket in a year, they will probably send another PTIT postcard and might allow you to take the deal twice. But hey, slow your ass down, please.
Save your stubs for free entry to strip clubs
Ask yourself: Are you trying to see things, or be seen, when you go to a strip club? If the answer is the former, then you should be using your weekday lunch break to see some socially accepted booty-clapping at places like Magic City, where entry is free during the day but jumps to $20 at 9pm, Club Onyx, where drinks and dances are $5 on Mondays, and Cheetah, where a Hawks, Braves, Falcons, or collegiate sports ticket stub from the same day gets you free admission.
Use Twitter to get ATL politicians to hear you
Right now it seems like thousands of people are running for mayor of Atlanta. Still, with so much competition you can probably get the top candidates to follow you on Twitter -- which may not result in thrown-away speeding tickets but will at least net you some bragging rights. The best way to tell is by looking at the candidates’ followers, and then who they follow. Peter Aman, ATL’s old COO, joined Twitter in 2015 and at press time had a difference of less than 100 people between the two. City council president Ceasar Mitchell has a wider gap (4.8K more followers than he follows), but at least he’s following 8K people (including me!). And Kwanza Hall’s gap is smaller, yet he’s getting tweets from 18K folks. It's worth a shot.