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(The Tennessean)   Workers at the headquarters for parking giant Central Parking anger locals by taking all their on-street parking   (tennessean.com) divider line 74
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-01-12 09:23:19 AM  
Other residents say Central Parking employees even move residents' garbage cans onto sidewalks on trash day to free up parking spaces, and trash goes uncollected.

We don't leave trash cans in the road around here. They wait on the sidewalk or the verge. A parked car could obstruct the mechanical arm, requiring a human to dump the can.

If a company used up all the street parking space the city council would weigh taxes and campaign contributions against residents. If residents won they would get parking restrictions, like 2 hour parking 8-5, intended to prevent commuter parking.
 
2012-01-12 09:35:41 AM  
If you snip off the stem where the tire gets inflated, that person will have a hell of a problem.
 
2012-01-12 09:36:25 AM  
Luckily, Central Parking will donate enough money to local politicians to solve this problem.
 
2012-01-12 09:38:40 AM  
If they are blocking driveways, etc., that would seem to mean it would be easy for a cop to run those streets and get his quota in a few minutes. I'm surprised they aren't cruising up and down to generate some revenue.
 
2012-01-12 09:40:10 AM  
www.rossfirm.net
WHOOPS!
 
2012-01-12 09:40:59 AM  
Simple solution to this is to tow the vehicles.
 
2012-01-12 09:41:09 AM  
FTFA The Metro Public Works Department is "considering several options" to help discourage the on-street parkers from blocking driveways, spokeswoman Gwen Hopkins said. One proposal that has had mixed reaction from the residents is to put up signs marking "No Parking" zones within several feet of the driveway entrances.

Wouldn't this screw over residents as well, causing them to not be able to park in front of their own house?

It's real simple. Put up permit-only parking (Mon-Fri) signs and issue permits to residents. Works great plenty of places.
 
2012-01-12 09:41:33 AM  
Blocking driveways and fire hydrants is bs

Using legal spots? Suck it up or complain to the village/zoning board to force them to provide adequate parking. Or do they not believe in zoning laws and minimum onsite parking per employee around there?
 
2012-01-12 09:41:45 AM  
If they block your driveway, you can call a towing company. I would call the least reputable towing company I could find, possibly one that exclusively employed violent felons. And I would put the resulting lulz up on youtube.
 
2012-01-12 09:42:56 AM  

Tickle Mittens: If they block your driveway, you can call a towing company. I would call the least reputable towing company I could find, possibly one that exclusively employed violent felons. And I would put the resulting lulz up on youtube.


It really is a simple solution.
 
2012-01-12 09:43:00 AM  
This is why I keep my Bronco around. No issues "accidently' pushing a car that was blocking my driveway. I've killed deer with this thing and they didn't leave a scratch on it... just a little fur in my rust.

But, I like the idea of snipping valve stems, too.

But but, alas, this is why I chose a house in a rural'ish village far away from congestion.
 
2012-01-12 09:43:20 AM  
Capitalism, lol
 
2012-01-12 09:43:55 AM  
Internet Tough Guy:
Christ, what I would do to any car that blocked my driveway.
 
2012-01-12 09:44:10 AM  

Jake Havechek: If you snip off the stem where the tire gets inflated, that person will have a hell of a problem.


One of these with a drill bit punches a small hole in the sidewall pretty fast,

danmacleod.com
 
2012-01-12 09:44:31 AM  

Jack Black 62: Simple solution to this is to tow the vehicles.


Simpler solution is to find a resident with a big enough truck to do it themselves... the flat-spotted tires would send a message in a hurry. It's Nashville... probably 10 or 12 residents with big enough trucks... Drag a car or two to block Central Parking's driveway, and the problem should resolve itself soon enough.
 
2012-01-12 09:44:36 AM  
Doesn't seem like that hard of a problem to solve. Make parking on the street limited to two hours, issue free passes to the permanent residents, and keep the local towing company on speed dial. Hell, just enforce existing rules -- I'd bet blocking a driveway is already illegal, as is blocking a hydrant.

It might also deter the people parking there if the crime rate went up in the neighborhood. A few unfortunate incidents of vandalism and they might think twice about where they park.
 
2012-01-12 09:44:43 AM  

Tickle Mittens: I would call the least reputable towing company I could find, possibly one that exclusively employed violent felons.


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Wreckers.
 
2012-01-12 09:45:00 AM  
Central Parking can go to hell.
 
2012-01-12 09:45:19 AM  

remus: If they are blocking driveways, etc., that would seem to mean it would be easy for a cop to run those streets and get his quota in a few minutes. I'm surprised they aren't cruising up and down to generate some revenue.


Unfortunately, this might interfere with the direct-to-politicians revenue mentioned by Bitwise.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-01-12 09:47:27 AM  
Whether to enforce the law is subject to the same cost-benefit analysis as whether to increase parking restrictions. Does the city council care more about the business or the residents?

The law here says no parking within five feet of a driveway. This is in effect without signs. The city will post signs if you ask; most residents don't like signs in front of their houses. Yellow paint on the curb would be a better solution.

If they block your driveway, you can call a towing company.

I don't think you can have it towed from a public street, especially not without paying for the tow yourself. The law probably varies from place to place. Better to ask the city to tow it.
 
2012-01-12 09:47:53 AM  
Other residents say Central Parking employees even move residents' garbage cans onto sidewalks on trash day to free up parking spaces, and trash goes uncollected.

Central Parking Employee of the Month had this response:

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2012-01-12 09:49:30 AM  
"Jack Black 62
Simple solution to this is to tow the vehicles"

One would think the residents would have thought about this one already.
 
2012-01-12 09:49:47 AM  
Simple solution: Put up 'No Parking Any Time' signs on all streets. Problem solved.
 
2012-01-12 09:50:33 AM  

Jack Black 62: Simple solution to this is to tow the vehicles.



That was my first thought for the ones blocking driveways.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-01-12 09:51:11 AM  
Yugoboy

Towing without consent or legal excuse is probably the same crime as "joyriding" -- using a vehicle without the consent of the owner.
 
2012-01-12 09:51:25 AM  

Chevello: remus: If they are blocking driveways, etc., that would seem to mean it would be easy for a cop to run those streets and get his quota in a few minutes. I'm surprised they aren't cruising up and down to generate some revenue.

Unfortunately, this might interfere with the direct-to-politicians revenue mentioned by Bitwise.


Why not do both? Double the revenue streams
 
2012-01-12 09:51:43 AM  

Jake Havechek: If you snip off the stem where the tire gets inflated, that person will have a hell of a problem.


Too temporary. You need something that will be a constant reminder. Ethyl Mercaptain is easily available and can be squirted into the interior with a thin tube. Once it's in the carpet, it's over. You raise the temperature above 45F, and the smell will come back full force. And don't ever bother thinking about selling the car. Cheap, quick and easy to administer, and a constant reminder of why being an asshat is not a profitable exercise. What's not to like?
 
2012-01-12 09:53:02 AM  
Notice those air intakes, right in front of the windshield, on the hood? Pour a little Vietnamese fish sauce in those.
 
2012-01-12 09:53:48 AM  

ZAZ: Yugoboy

Towing without consent or legal excuse is probably the same crime as "joyriding" -- using a vehicle without the consent of the owner.


Just blame it on Bush, I suppose.
 
2012-01-12 09:55:18 AM  

PacManDreaming: Notice those air intakes, right in front of the windshield, on the hood? Pour a little Vietnamese fish sauce in those.


Or Kimchi. That area is called the "cowl", btw.
 
2012-01-12 09:56:05 AM  
Set up a booth at the end of the block with an arm extended across the street and don't let them leave until they pay $12.00 for the first hour and $2.00 for each additional hour.
 
2012-01-12 09:56:29 AM  

PacManDreaming: Notice those air intakes, right in front of the windshield, on the hood? Pour a little Vietnamese fish sauce in those.


Or urine (great on cold days when they use the heater)
 
2012-01-12 09:56:44 AM  

MDGeist: "Jack Black 62
Simple solution to this is to tow the vehicles"

One would think the residents would have thought about this one already.


America is a nation of cowards.
 
2012-01-12 09:57:14 AM  

Raging Thespian: Set up a booth at the end of the block with an arm extended across the street and don't let them leave until they pay $12.00 for the first hour and $2.00 for each additional hour.


lawl
 
2012-01-12 09:57:46 AM  

ZAZ: Yugoboy

Towing without consent or legal excuse is probably the same crime as "joyriding" -- using a vehicle without the consent of the owner.


Blocking my driveway is enough for me to take action.
 
2012-01-12 10:00:24 AM  

PacManDreaming: Notice those air intakes, right in front of the windshield, on the hood? Pour a little Vietnamese fish sauce in those.


Or Bunker chum...and you do not need much...
 
2012-01-12 10:06:49 AM  
Who is the worst towing company in Nashville? There has to be a tow company where they tow a 2012 Corvette in to their lot and itt gets picked to pieces.

"Hey, we gots a hole in the fence back there and them thieves come in and they steal stuff off'n the cars. Sorry you are missing some custom chrome rims with brand new tires. Say, I thinks I got a set kinda like that. I was holdin' them fer the Mayor of the United States but if'n youse got some money, I'll sell them to youse. Look. dey even says "Corvette" on dem."
 
2012-01-12 10:08:09 AM  
Lots of great suggestions in this thread...
 
2012-01-12 10:18:12 AM  
We had a problem like this at the last place I lived, where a huge soccer complex was opened next to our neighborhood. I don't know who designs those monstrosities, but they never provide enough parking for attendees. And what little there is, they charge for. So, naturally, armies of giant SUVs with stencils of soccer balls and stick figures in the back windows flocked to our neighborhood, creating bedlam for several years. I still remember the revulsion of waking up to all the slamming car doors on Saturday morning. We had all the negative aspects of living in a beach community with none of the positives (the main one being no f*cking beach.) We couldn't even use the soccer fields ourselves as the place was chained shut when not in use. Numerous complaints to the city went unheard. Finally, about 7 years later, with the strong urging of the now-defunct neighborhood watch association, they implemented a permit-only system on weekends, An imperfect solution at best, but at least peace was restored to our neighborhood.
 
2012-01-12 10:23:11 AM  
Am I the only one wondering why no one is mentioning the obvious solution? Build a parking deck at headquarters. If there's one already there make it bigger. The article states Central Parking has run out of room for employees at headquarters...farking add more room. Cheap bastards.
 
2012-01-12 10:23:27 AM  
There is an apartment complex about a block over from the street I live on. My house is the last house on the street as the rest of the block is the back end of Elementary school grounds. Jerks from the apartment complex will park on the street behind the elementary school because they can easily walk the half block to the apparently complex from their and the complex has parking restrictions. The whole block would be covered with cars, and their was trash from these animals everywhere. I had people hiding their cars with expired plates, failed inspections, and lack of tax stickers. I had people dumping trash and driving in at 3am with their stereo turned way the hell up. So I just started calling the police on them. They would send a tow truck down and tow a few vehicles and have an officer sit up at the end of the block in the middle of the night. That was about 6 years ago when I bought the place, today when I look outside there is normally 3 or 4 cars parked their from the complex (There is room for maybe 25), there is no trash to speak off and it's quite all night.

It might seem pointless to just call the cops, and I am absolutely the first one to admit they are more often useless or completely counter productive than a help, but if you can get a few dozen cars towed even if it's over a few weeks, the employees at this place will start complaining as well and then maybe something will be done.
 
2012-01-12 10:27:21 AM  
We had people park in a leased lot for about a year with no permit because they did not want to walk the extra block to park in overflow parking. After three cars were towed, the parking lot was empty again and has been for a long time.
 
ows
2012-01-12 10:35:20 AM  
we ask that you please bear with us.....
 
2012-01-12 10:36:39 AM  
Well, I have an 8000# winch attached to the front of my truck. If you opt to park in front of my driveway, your car will be moved. Your transmission issues may arise pretty quick too.

/ITG
 
2012-01-12 10:41:50 AM  
You'd think this would be a gold mine for the towing company the jurisdiction out sourced to. I get the feeling the article is leaving out some important details.

/the towing companies are the parking gestapo where I live
//seine liscense, regsitration, permits, und papir, bitte
 
2012-01-12 10:42:22 AM  
I would key the car. Then I would slash the tires. Put sugar in the gas tank. Break all the windows. Spray paint "i hate ni**ers" on the sides. Knock off the side view mirrors. Bust out the headlights and taillights. Use a bowling ball on every external panel and the roof. Pry off the bumper. Do a number 1 and 2 in the drivers seat. Slash the upholstery. Fill the inside of the car with an inch of gasoline and light it on fire. Ignite a gallon of thermite over the engine block. And put cole slaw in the glove compartment.
 
2012-01-12 10:44:40 AM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: Blocking driveways and fire hydrants is bs

Using legal spots? Suck it up or complain to the village/zoning board to force them to provide adequate parking. Or do they not believe in zoning laws and minimum onsite parking per employee around there?


There may be actual cause to look into racketeering here though. Since this company sells parking and all.
 
2012-01-12 10:45:47 AM  

trappedspirit: I would key the car. Then I would slash the tires. Put sugar in the gas tank. Break all the windows. Spray paint "i hate ni**ers" on the sides. Knock off the side view mirrors. Bust out the headlights and taillights. Use a bowling ball on every external panel and the roof. Pry off the bumper. Do a number 1 and 2 in the drivers seat. Slash the upholstery. Fill the inside of the car with an inch of gasoline and light it on fire. Ignite a gallon of thermite over the engine block. And put cole slaw in the glove compartment.


You need a drink man!
 
2012-01-12 10:47:21 AM  

trappedspirit: I would key the car. Then I would slash the tires. Put sugar in the gas tank. Break all the windows. Spray paint "i hate ni**ers" on the sides. Knock off the side view mirrors. Bust out the headlights and taillights. Use a bowling ball on every external panel and the roof. Pry off the bumper. Do a number 1 and 2 in the drivers seat. Slash the upholstery. Fill the inside of the car with an inch of gasoline and light it on fire. Ignite a gallon of thermite over the engine block. And put cole slaw in the glove compartment.


Was the coleslaw really necessary?
 
2012-01-12 10:49:49 AM  

tillerman35: Jake Havechek: If you snip off the stem where the tire gets inflated, that person will have a hell of a problem.

Too temporary. You need something that will be a constant reminder. Ethyl Mercaptain is easily available and can be squirted into the interior with a thin tube. Once it's in the carpet, it's over. You raise the temperature above 45F, and the smell will come back full force. And don't ever bother thinking about selling the car. Cheap, quick and easy to administer, and a constant reminder of why being an asshat is not a profitable exercise. What's not to like?


I was going to say something similar. However, do not EVER use a chemical that is not normally found around the average person's house. This will be great evidence if someone suspects it was you. Use skunk essence or doe in heat piss. A lot of people have this stuff and it is not suspicious. Plus there will never be a record kept of who bought it from where and when. You pour it down the heater vent at the front outside of the windshield. Deer piss will stink forever, but can be cleaned up. Skunk will get into the fabric, plastic, rubber, and anything else at least semipermeable. The only way to get rid of skunk applied like this it to strip the entire car of anything not metal and treat the metal. AND, if there is so much as an acorn stuck in the recesses of the body in the vent system, it will never stop stinking.

Only do this to the people blocking driveways. And "don't be home when you do it" if you know what I mean.
 
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