Was it actually a car? No, it was just a snow sculpture. But for police in Aachen, Germany, that was close enough. They wrote out the parking ticket:
"The wardens eventually realised they'd been had when they tried to scrape the snow off the number plate and found there was no plate, just snow," they added.
But the prank has received a frosty reception from local police.
A spokesman said: "We can take a joke as well as the next person and it was a very convincing prank.
"But whether it was made of metal or snow it was still obstructing a road that should have been clear."