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2008-12-12 10:13:50 PM  
What, like Monopoly money? Ohh, maybe Life!
 
2008-12-12 10:14:15 PM  
Bra-vo.

Never forget.
 
2008-12-12 10:14:42 PM  
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Those lights get hot.
 
2008-12-12 10:16:08 PM  
First it's toys, then it's sex. Before you know it we're Pompeii.
 
2008-12-12 10:17:52 PM  
What about hair? Can they pay it with hair?
 
Kat [TotalFark]
2008-12-12 10:18:54 PM  
i've been looking for a lite bright for ages.
 
2008-12-12 10:20:09 PM  
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2008-12-12 10:22:02 PM  
Great, now I've got the ye olde Lite Brite ad music going through my head.

/Sodding earworm!
//Off now to Youtube to exorcise it.
 
2008-12-12 10:22:16 PM  
I hope they won't mind accepting stuffed pig toys.
 
2008-12-12 10:26:55 PM  
It might be cheaper to pay the parking ticket. Have you seen what toys cost these days?

/really happy my grandson likes fishing poles, sticks and rocks
//really, really happy my grandson likes his "first skateboard" that came without wrist guards, helmets and knee pads and that my daughter thinks boys should have scabby knees cuz it's part of boyhood. (scroll down for the pic of one bad-ass not quite 2 YO)
 
2008-12-12 10:27:10 PM  
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2008-12-12 10:27:54 PM  

NeverDrunk23: What about hair? Can they pay it with hair?


I'm sorry, that's not a hair ques-...

/Nevermind
 
2008-12-12 10:30:14 PM  
I wish more cities were doing this.
Also wished they collected for charities like this all year, not just at Christmas. Pay a fine, or donate canned goods/blankets/etc.

But it's a good start.
 
2008-12-12 10:36:05 PM  
Any toy can be a weapon, if you put your evil creative genius to it. Mwahahahaha!
 
2008-12-12 10:36:06 PM  

Spider Dijon: Great, now I've got the ye olde Lite Brite ad music going through my head.

/Sodding earworm!
//Off now to Youtube to exorcise it.


CURSE YOU!. Straight to the fiery pits of hell.
 
2008-12-12 10:38:02 PM  
First of subby, I like the headline.

Second, I love the idea Boston, and I hope a lot of people go for it. Lets be honest though, a lot of lazy ass mfers who got tickets between thoise dates wont even pay them until theyre due, which is likely after the datyes you can give toys. Plus, it would require more effort, and were lazy ass people, why do you think they got these tickets in the first place? These farks couldnt walk an extra few blocks, or care to feed the meter or move their car. Chances are they aren't hauling to the stopre then the coutr house.

/typos courtesy dogfish head breweries..
/too many to fix
 
2008-12-12 10:43:19 PM  
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Could also count as part of gun buy back program.

/worst batman toy I've ever seen
 
2008-12-12 10:45:40 PM  
Drop off some dildos and I'm sure that everything won't be a fine.
 
2008-12-12 10:52:13 PM  
What about beer? Go to the bar where everyone knows your name.
 
2008-12-12 11:00:21 PM  
Nicely done, subby.
 
2008-12-12 11:06:50 PM  
I've been sent as a delegate by throngs of clueless to ask what happened on 1-31-07
 
2008-12-12 11:20:44 PM  
Most epic headline I've seen in a while, I would +1 this so hard if I were still TF...
 
2008-12-12 11:21:08 PM  

ayretise: I've been sent as a delegate by throngs of clueless to ask what happened on 1-31-07


Link (new window)
 
2008-12-12 11:22:10 PM  
"Equal or greater value" than the fine...gee, thanks Boston. Just when I thought you were actually doing something good.
 
2008-12-12 11:24:51 PM  
Easily findable goog 1-31-07 and it will even autocomplete "never forget"

Boston cops threw a fit over crappy viral marketing and thought lite brites were bombs, called in the full riot gear response, and generally made total idiots of themselves. Then with the world snickering, went into full on deny stupidity mode and defended their actions repeatedly.
 
2008-12-12 11:29:24 PM  
Don't forget the hair questions controversy.
 
2008-12-12 11:29:54 PM  
thanks... I remember now... at the press conference, the guys responsible refused to take questions if they weren't about hair... hehe
 
2008-12-12 11:30:51 PM  

Can'tLetYouDoThatStarFox: "Equal or greater value" than the fine...gee, thanks Boston. Just when I thought you were actually doing something good.


Shoot, even though it's now obvious that I only skimmed the article before posting my comment about fines being cheaper than toys and included a shameless display of grandchildren pics, I don't regret being a grandmother in a young woman's head for Fark's Friday night for people who comment without details edition.

(When you're a grandma who likes to drink, Friday nights are safer at home on Fark than farked in the streets at closing time...)
 
2008-12-12 11:40:09 PM  
I'm wishing my boston parking ticket didn't happen in July.
Much rather have had my money go to a toy for a kid than our shiatty government.
 
2008-12-12 11:42:38 PM  

libbynomore2: Could also count as part of gun buy back program.

/worst batman toy I've ever seen


I like the plug stuck right in Batman's butt.
 
2008-12-12 11:52:28 PM  

TooMuchToDo: ayretise: I've been sent as a delegate by throngs of clueless to ask what happened on 1-31-07

Link (new window)


Oh yeah, I'd forgotten about that incident. I thought this was a Star Simpson (new window)reference.
 
2008-12-13 12:08:07 AM  

Generation_D: Easily findable goog 1-31-07 and it will even autocomplete "never forget"

Boston cops threw a fit over crappy viral marketing and thought lite brites were bombs, called in the full riot gear response, and generally made total idiots of themselves. Then with the world snickering, went into full on deny stupidity mode and defended their actions repeatedly.


Sigh...not really at all. Let me recap for the uninformed.

1) Concerned citizen calls in suspicious "device" mounted on a SUPPORT PILLAR OF A MAJOR HIGHWAY BRIDGE.
2) Authorities respond with appropriate caution, benign nature of device is quickly determined and device is removed "by hand" by city worker.
3) Overzealous Boston news reports "BOMB SCARE!!"
4) Individuals responsible for "Marketing Stunt" get wind of event and start calling in "BOMB SCARES" all over city where they knew they planted "Marketing Gimicks"
5) Bomb squad responds to first location causing some temporary commotion....after about an hour, connection is made, hox is uncovered, remaining "bombs" removed by hand.
6) Fallout: two "artists" are arrested and slapped on the wrist, Turner Broadcasting pays $2M restitution for illegal advertising. Internet will....
7) Never Forget!!!
 
2008-12-13 12:15:16 AM  

Ashtrey: Those lights get hot.


Came here for that, and YOU, sir, did not disappoint.
 
2008-12-13 12:35:00 AM  
Idea = great
Execution = FAIL


SRSLY, the toys have to cost the same or MORE than the ticket, and there's restrictions, and you gotta have the receipt?

One little change would make this a great idea: toys have to cost at least half the price of the ticket...

You could extend the idea to food bank donations or other charities.

Maybe I'll start a store in boston, selling toys for five dollars, but that have a $53 price tag on them.
 
2008-12-13 12:39:54 AM  

endosymbiont: Idea = great
Execution = FAIL


SRSLY, the toys have to cost the same or MORE than the ticket, and there's restrictions, and you gotta have the receipt?

One little change would make this a great idea: toys have to cost at least half the price of the ticket...

You could extend the idea to food bank donations or other charities.

Maybe I'll start a store in boston, selling toys for five dollars, but that have a $53 price tag on them.


I'm thinking that people will be dropping off PS3's, antique toys, and rare collectible t...

/no need to explain myself
 
2008-12-13 12:51:26 AM  
Stickdeath

Sorry, what I meant was that, the idea could be cool if:

Say your ticket is for $50 (A common ticket penalty in Boston),

You can got buy a $26 toy, or a $30 toy, that otherwise meets their criteria, and take it down to the BMV and pay your ticket.


But if I get a $50 ticket, and my choice is to write a check for $50, or to go buy a toy for $50, or more, and to take it, in the package, with the receipt, down to the parking office, and--on the condition that it's not a violent toy, or violates any of their other rules--get out of the ticket, then, MOST PEOPLE will just pay the ticket.

the plan's a big failure because it adds costs to comply with the plan. There is no incentive to not just pay your ticket.

Also, in Boston, parking tickets are like monthly utilities for people with cars. Some people even treat towing charges like monthly utilities for owning a car.
 
2008-12-13 01:19:39 AM  
Um, little late on getting this green-lit, aren't we?

December 8th-12th
 
2008-12-13 02:08:39 AM  
My brother and I went out and bought a Lite Brite about 10 years ago. We wanted it for Christmas. We thought it would be funny to add ours to the signs in people's windows spelling out things like "Seasons Greetings"... "Happy Holidays"... "Eat Me"...

Nice idea on Boston's part, though.
 
2008-12-13 02:29:06 AM  

libbynomore2: Could also count as part of gun buy back program.

/worst batman toy I've ever seen



Bwaha! Wow... Between the penis-like trigger, and the butt plug, just... wow.
 
2008-12-13 04:49:53 AM  
HONESTLY have to wonder what would happen is someone DID turn in a lite bright... would they be arrested, beaten, tazed, or simply shot on sight and PITA?

/doubting a simple refusal would be acceptable
 
2008-12-13 05:06:14 AM  

ayretise: thanks... I remember now... at the press conference, the guys responsible refused to take questions if they weren't about hair... hehe


Specifically 1970s hairstyles as I recall.

Best part was when they actually got one of the reporters to ask a hair-related question.
 
2008-12-13 08:04:54 AM  
Fantastic headline, subby; I salute you.
 
2008-12-13 08:56:24 AM  
Too soon, subby. Too soon.

/where were *you* when the Lite Brites changed our world forever?
 
2008-12-13 10:00:23 AM  
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Nice headline.
 
2008-12-13 10:23:28 AM  
Every time I read a Boston story I'm surprised to learn that the entire city hasn't collapsed in on itself under the weight of it's own stupidity.

Not specifically because of this story, but just because.
 
2008-12-13 12:43:14 PM  
The_Maxxx
Sigh...not really at all. Let me recap for the uninformed.

1) Concerned citizen calls in suspicious "device" mounted on a SUPPORT PILLAR OF A MAJOR HIGHWAY BRIDGE.
2) Authorities respond with appropriate caution, benign nature of device is quickly determined and device is removed "by hand" by city worker.
3) Overzealous Boston news reports "BOMB SCARE!!"
4) Individuals responsible for "Marketing Stunt" get wind of event and start calling in "BOMB SCARES" all over city where they knew they planted "Marketing Gimicks"


Nah, Generation D had it right the first time.
Cartoon Network got wind of it and called Boston PD, explaining what was going on. Boston PD was incapable of getting the word out to all its overbureaucratic arms in time from making them look like complete fools. Embarrassed, they lashed out like a toddler.

For an area with so many good schools, Boston is full of a particularly dumbshiat style of fail. (Mooninite Invasion, Big Dig, etc.)
 
2008-12-13 01:17:47 PM  
@Subby

Thanks for the biggest laugh of the day 8^)
 
2008-12-13 03:33:11 PM  
foobity2 is correct and The_Maxxx is incorrect.

The two knucklehead "artists" did not call in bomb threats when they figured out what was going on - the DA was trying to go after them for NOT calling in and letting them know it was just an advertising campaign and not bombs. They did noting, watching the events unfold on tv.

IMHO, Boston looked foolish that day - but to my suprise, they managed to get a nice tidy sum of cash out of Turner Broadcasting. Go figure.

The worst was everyone calling it "hoax devices". There was no intent for them to look like bombs, they are a 'newer' form of advertising or grafitti or "art". Just because the officials in charge did not know what they were they try to cover their ignorance by labeling them as hoax devices.

Several other cities had the same campaigns going on and none resulted in widespread panic.
 
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