Richard with the letter showing his 'future' fine
Richard Greaves couldn't believe his eyes when he saw the date on his littering fine from Leeds City Council.
The £75 fine stated that he had dropped litter on Pontefract Lane in Leeds on Monday 29 November, the letter is dated Monday 8 November.
Richard said: "First I was upset then when I noticed the date it all turned into a joke.
"I fell about laughing."
Richard, a mobile chiropodist, told BBC Radio Leeds that after he received the fine, on Thursday 11 November, he contacted Leeds City Council.
Speaking to the BBC the council admitted it made a mistake with the date of the fine but that there is a witness to Mr Greaves throwing a cigarette stub out of his vehicle.
The council further added that litter is a serious issue for Leeds and cost a lot of money to clean up.
Richard admitted: "I do smoke and I do drive a lot and I'm not saying I didn't do it.
"All I'm trying to say is when you are dealing with things like this you should get it right."
Most cigarette filters are composed of cellulose acetate that can take a long time to break down.
Despite finding the mistake funny, the fine letter has had an effect on Richard.
"It is a bad habit and I won't be doing it again."