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Only in America: Call the cops, get a $584 bill

Police charge a woman for responding to her minor car accident — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

An Ohio woman received a bill for $584.87 to cover the cost of the police response to her minor car accident. After Grace Jones, 20, bumped into the rear of a car, two cop cars showed up. She was billed under a local law requiring nonresidents to pay police costs. "I can't believe that the police would charge you for doing their job," said Jones's mother.

(This article originally appeared in The Week magazine. Try 4 risk-free issues.)