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(KRQE News)   Step 1. Refuse to let drivers near a crime scene move their cars until the scene is cleared. Step 2. Parking Enforcement tickets cars for overtime parking the minute the crime scene tape comes down   (krqe.com) divider line 56
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2012-06-10 05:43:20 PM  
No, I can't see the city's side of this at all. That's just a dick move.
 
2012-06-10 05:44:18 PM  
Well you gonna make money somehow despite your reasoning.
 
2012-06-10 05:44:52 PM  
3. ???
4. Profit!
 
2012-06-10 05:45:19 PM  
Parking enforcement often works separately from the police. (In my town, anyway) So the cops do their thing, and the meter maids, who like to think they are cops because they wear neat uniforms and have little badges, write the parking tickets because they have little badges.

If the people ticketed are smart, they'll have taken pictures with time/date stamps of the location in question, and then send the pics off to the DMV with a polite letter of explanation as to why the metermaids should all go straight to hell.
 
2012-06-10 05:46:22 PM  
Parking nazis are the same all over, especially when they work with the quota system.
 
2012-06-10 05:46:27 PM  
Wow. Assholes.
 
2012-06-10 05:47:25 PM  
Crime scene indeed.
 
2012-06-10 05:47:29 PM  
Now that the city apologized and struck all the tickets from the record and the topic's moot, what's the point of a thread about it?
 
2012-06-10 05:48:05 PM  

thamike: Now that the city apologized and struck all the tickets from the record and the topic's moot, what's the point of a thread about it?


Impotent anger.
 
2012-06-10 05:49:34 PM  

thamike: Now that the city apologized and struck all the tickets from the record and the topic's moot, what's the point of a thread about it?


i.chzbgr.com
 
2012-06-10 05:49:44 PM  
Not quite as bad as changing the parking rules and ticketing the cars that were parked there at the time. I guess it would be funny if they started putting parking meters in retail parking lots or worse the ER parking lot outside hospitals.
 
2012-06-10 05:49:54 PM  

thamike: Now that the city apologized and struck all the tickets from the record and the topic's moot, what's the point of a thread about it?


To post ponies
 
2012-06-10 05:52:08 PM  
CSB

I lived in a small college town in the mid 90's. Their snow removal crews were inept at best and couldn't get the snow off the streets up to the curb.

It forced everyone to park about 2 to 2.5 feet from the curb. It rained overnight and quickly disolved the snow on the street leaving everyone sitting legally too far from the curb.

Of course the moment there's a dollar to be made suddenly they knew exactly what to do. The a-holes proceeded to ticket and tow every car before people could move them.

Nice little windfall for the local treasury.

/not really CSB more like SSB
 
2012-06-10 05:53:13 PM  

Gyrfalcon: So the cops do their thing, and the meter maids, who like to think they are cops because they wear neat uniforms and have little badges, write the parking tickets because they have little badges.


They write tickets because they "sell" a highly profitable product for their company. They are evaluated on the number of deals they close, and their compensation package is tied to their ability to generate revenue.
 
2012-06-10 05:53:47 PM  

thamike: Now that the city apologized and struck all the tickets from the record and the topic's moot, what's the point of a thread about it?


They knew it would annoy you.
 
2012-06-10 05:54:29 PM  
GOD DAMNIT!
 
2012-06-10 05:55:10 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Parking enforcement often works separately from the police. (In my town, anyway) So the cops do their thing, and the meter maids, who like to think they are cops because they wear neat uniforms and have little badges, write the parking tickets because they have little badges.

If the people ticketed are smart, they'll have taken pictures with time/date stamps of the location in question, and then send the pics off to the DMV with a polite letter of explanation as to why the metermaids should all go straight to hell.


Yeah, it must be too tough to maybe give real cops some kind of way to mark a vehicle as non-ticketable for 24 hours so in order to avoid this. You know maybe something official with reason, date and time so meter maid will say "okay, I won't touch this car".
 
2012-06-10 05:56:02 PM  
Espinoza is glad to have the ticket tossed but added, "It's not the point of the cost it's just the point that I had talked to people and they said I was going to receive nothing."

The only solution at this point is to sue the city for 10 million dollars.
 
2012-06-10 05:56:38 PM  

thamike: Now that the city apologized and struck all the tickets from the record and the topic's moot, what's the point of a thread about it?


^^^that.

I can see this being an honest mistake. I know everyone has parking enforcement hatred for some reason, but they work multiple blocks all day and its possible they didn't know a crime scene just got taken down.

Nothing to see here.
 
2012-06-10 05:56:56 PM  
 
2012-06-10 05:59:01 PM  

austin_millbarge: CSB

I lived in a small college town in the mid 90's. Their snow removal crews were inept at best and couldn't get the snow off the streets up to the curb.

It forced everyone to park about 2 to 2.5 feet from the curb. It rained overnight and quickly disolved the snow on the street leaving everyone sitting legally too far from the curb.

Of course the moment there's a dollar to be made suddenly they knew exactly what to do. The a-holes proceeded to ticket and tow every car before people could move them.

Nice little windfall for the local treasury.

/not really CSB more like SSB


Albany has special rules for snowstorms regarding which side of the street you can park on during odd- and even-numbered days, for the purposes of plowing. A couple of times a year they announce that rules are in effect, but no snow materializes and thus, no plowing is performed. Instead, the city is blanketed by assholes giving citations.
 
2012-06-10 06:03:01 PM  

lack of warmth: Gyrfalcon: Parking enforcement often works separately from the police. (In my town, anyway) So the cops do their thing, and the meter maids, who like to think they are cops because they wear neat uniforms and have little badges, write the parking tickets because they have little badges.

If the people ticketed are smart, they'll have taken pictures with time/date stamps of the location in question, and then send the pics off to the DMV with a polite letter of explanation as to why the metermaids should all go straight to hell.

Yeah, it must be too tough to maybe give real cops some kind of way to mark a vehicle as non-ticketable for 24 hours so in order to avoid this. You know maybe something official with reason, date and time so meter maid will say "okay, I won't touch this car".


Those would immediately be spread out amongst the families and fiends of asshole cops. There's absolutely no way that the cops would bother putting them where they're supposed to go either, what incentive would they have?

Knowing meter maids, they'd just remove the anti-ticket and ticket the vehicle anyway.
 
2012-06-10 06:06:41 PM  

rhiannon: Espinoza is glad to have the ticket tossed but added, "It's not the point of the cost it's just the point that I had talked to people and they said I was going to receive nothing."

The only solution at this point is to sue the city for 10 million dollars.


10 million per ticket with zero tolerance for settlements short of 10 million dollars.
 
2012-06-10 06:07:07 PM  
Did you guys read the part about the city throwing out the tickets; or am I the only one that read that far?

*krickets*

/ I am having a hard time being outraged; owing to the fact that they threw out the tickets

// I agree that it was stupid for those cars to be ticketed in the first place, but they rectified the issue. Can we get on with our lives now?
 
2012-06-10 06:13:30 PM  

Gyrfalcon: Parking enforcement often works separately from the police. (In my town, anyway) So the cops do their thing, and the meter maids, who like to think they are cops because they wear neat uniforms and have little badges, write the parking tickets because they have little badges.

If the people ticketed are smart, they'll have taken pictures with time/date stamps of the location in question, and then send the pics off to the DMV with a polite letter of explanation as to why the metermaids should all go straight to hell.


Well, generally the parking enforcement people are NOT kept informed. This is the reason my father got a parking ticket at his own funeral. The city was supposed to tell parking enforcement to not ticket, but they forgot. So, everybody got a ticket. Including my father (or his estate I guess).

My mother and I found it most amusing that Dad could get a ticket when he was dead but Mom's cop friend was totally appalled, snatched the ticket out of her hand and went off to have it fixed (probably involved a LOT of yelling).

/no, he was not a zombie driver. My uncle had the car that day.
 
2012-06-10 06:19:42 PM  

iheartscotch: Did you guys read the part about the city throwing out the tickets; or am I the only one that read that far?


Hold on, let me check some of the comments before yours...

Are you often late for work?
 
ecl
2012-06-10 06:23:34 PM  

skinink: I farking hate traffic wardens.
[www.hotflick.net image 640x360]


Just watched it again. *****
 
2012-06-10 06:24:07 PM  
They only cancelled the parking tickets because the story went public and they had to. You can't trust these farking farkers farker than fark can fark them. (You know what I mean...)

I got a parking ticket last year in the mail from a city I've never been to, and they listed my correct license plate AND my correct VIN number... but the make, model, and color of the vehicle on the ticket couldn't have been more wrong.

I thought they had to write down the VIN while giving the ticket to verify it was the correct vehicle, but obviously in this case they were cheating, whether it was a rogue parking cop or an orchestrated scam, I don't know.

I took pictures of my red sedan (versus the white SUV listed on the ticket) along with a letter explaining I'd never been there, and didn't receive a response. Calling their "ticket hotline" the next month, a recorded message said the ticket had been resolved.

No explanation, no nothing. I have no idea what kind of incompetent/bullshiat/scam was being pulled, but it caused a lot of trouble for me, and I'm sure if they sent those to 1,000 people a good portion would pay it because they didn't know what else to do.
 
2012-06-10 06:28:55 PM  

thamike: Now that the city apologized and struck all the tickets from the record and the topic's moot, what's the point of a thread about it?


You've been here long enough to know why.

Find some metermaids worth looking at.
 
2012-06-10 06:44:10 PM  

One Bad Apple: thamike: Now that the city apologized and struck all the tickets from the record and the topic's moot, what's the point of a thread about it?

To post ponies


chzbronies.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-06-10 06:44:46 PM  

rhiannon: iheartscotch: Did you guys read the part about the city throwing out the tickets; or am I the only one that read that far?

Hold on, let me check some of the comments before yours...

Are you often late for work?


I'm never late for work; I did, however, post without refreshing.
 
2012-06-10 06:55:47 PM  

iheartscotch: rhiannon: iheartscotch: Did you guys read the part about the city throwing out the tickets; or am I the only one that read that far?

Hold on, let me check some of the comments before yours...

Are you often late for work?

I'm never late for work; I did, however, post without refreshing.


Do you often show up for work without refreshing?
 
2012-06-10 07:00:03 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: No, I can't see the city's side of this at all. That's just a dick move.


It's probably not the city, but rather someone from Parking Enforcement trying to make quota.

Harry_Seldon: Gyrfalcon: So the cops do their thing, and the meter maids, who like to think they are cops because they wear neat uniforms and have little badges, write the parking tickets because they have little badges.

They write tickets because they "sell" a highly profitable product for their company. They are evaluated on the number of deals they close, and their compensation package is tied to their ability to generate revenue.


The problem is also that there is no accountability for writing a bad ticket. How about making it that if you're issued a ticket and beat it the city owes you the fine the ticket carried.
 
2012-06-10 07:04:00 PM  
GIS for refreshing:

img.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-10 07:04:21 PM  

wallywam1: iheartscotch: rhiannon: iheartscotch: Did you guys read the part about the city throwing out the tickets; or am I the only one that read that far?

Hold on, let me check some of the comments before yours...

Are you often late for work?

I'm never late for work; I did, however, post without refreshing.

Do you often show up for work without refreshing?


Sometimes; it's tough to refresh and drive at the same time.
 
2012-06-10 07:08:09 PM  

skinink


I farking hate traffic wardens.


"Don't touch him out, KNOCK him out!"
 
2012-06-10 07:08:26 PM  
What kind of an asshole would want to be a parking enforcement "officer?" They deserve a beatdown for merely considering the job.
 
2012-06-10 07:10:51 PM  

clowncar:

I got a parking ticket last year in the mail from a city I've never been to, and they listed my correct license plate AND my correct VIN number...

I thought they had to write down the VIN while giving the ticket to verify it was the correct vehicle, but obviously in this case they were cheating, whether it was a rogue parking cop or an orchestrated scam, I don't know.

.



I've never seen a parking ticket w/ a VIN on it.
 
2012-06-10 07:40:57 PM  

susler: clowncar:

I got a parking ticket last year in the mail from a city I've never been to, and they listed my correct license plate AND my correct VIN number...

I thought they had to write down the VIN while giving the ticket to verify it was the correct vehicle, but obviously in this case they were cheating, whether it was a rogue parking cop or an orchestrated scam, I don't know.

.


I've never seen a parking ticket w/ a VIN on it.


I got one from Philadelphia. I've been to Philly, but my car never has.

Still fighting it.
 
2012-06-10 07:57:49 PM  
FTFA: "The city is throwing all those tickets out and will be making sure it doesn't happen again, he added."

So, an almost-story became a non-story. Dammit.
 
2012-06-10 08:04:54 PM  
Read the article, this isn't an example of fail or corruption, this is an example of 'cool' because it's an example of the government doing the right thing for the right reasons.
The city did the three steps that make a genuine apology.
Step 1: Admit that it was wrong.
Step 2: Take reasonable steps to fix it.
Step 3: Take reasonable steps to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Step 1: City said that the officer who put the tickets on the car was wrong for doing so.
Step 2: All the tickets are thrown out.
Step 3: "Parking Enforcement says they will work closer with the Albuquerque Police Department so they know when a scene is going to be opened back up to give drivers a few hours to pick up their cars."

This was from a lack of communication between departments, an issue that has been publicly acknowledged and will thus be dealt with. My hat is off to the city for taking the proper corrective action.
 
2012-06-10 09:26:10 PM  
The city apologized and removed the tickets this was just some silly employee messing up.

why am i in the comments then?
 
2012-06-10 09:29:36 PM  
I'd like to see what argument the city's parking enforcement thought would trump "A police officer ordered me not to move my car" when this went to court. Were they supposed to commit a felony to avoid a parking citation? Real cop's authority >>>>>>> meter maid's authority

I think they were hoping nobody would challenge the tickets. I bet they're not even real city employees, probably an enforcement/towing company working under contract and on a commission.
 
2012-06-10 09:55:44 PM  
And cops wonder why there's no love . . .
 
2012-06-10 10:53:14 PM  

the_chief: What kind of an asshole would want to be a parking enforcement "officer?" They deserve a beatdown for merely considering the job.


Heavyset women of color, at least in my local municipality.
 
2012-06-10 11:11:12 PM  
Legend has it that during finals time at my school one year, they hosted an important fancy event which meant that a good 50% of parking needed to be closed off for a few days of finals week when there would be a ton of people there for finals. So you take a place where parking is very scarce during the school year and decide to close off most of that parking during the busiest time of the year? Thanks assholes.

I don't know why parking is so correlated with cognitive dissonance, but it is.
 
2012-06-10 11:45:33 PM  

gingerjet: thamike: Now that the city apologized and struck all the tickets from the record and the topic's moot, what's the point of a thread about it?

[i.chzbgr.com image 450x548]


Typical retardation here:

Headline: OMG TEH TICKETS!!!!1!
Reality: Yeah, we screwed up, no one will be cited
 
2012-06-10 11:45:53 PM  

Securitywyrm: Read the article, this isn't an example of fail or corruption, this is an example of 'cool' because it's an example of the government doing the right thing for the right reasons.
The city did the three steps that make a genuine apology.
Step 1: Admit that it was wrong.
Step 2: Take reasonable steps to fix it.
Step 3: Take reasonable steps to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Step 1: City said that the officer who put the tickets on the car was wrong for doing so.
Step 2: All the tickets are thrown out.
Step 3: "Parking Enforcement says they will work closer with the Albuquerque Police Department so they know when a scene is going to be opened back up to give drivers a few hours to pick up their cars."

This was from a lack of communication between departments, an issue that has been publicly acknowledged and will thus be dealt with. My hat is off to the city for taking the proper corrective action.


I guess the Apocalypse is at hand, then.
 
2012-06-11 12:30:36 AM  

thamike: Now that the city apologized and struck all the tickets from the record and the topic's moot, what's the point of a thread about it?


A point, if there is any, might be to make enough of a stink about this kind of thing that small-time bureaucrats who are in charge of this sort of organization will prevent this kind of thing before it happens. Not too likely, of course, but by saying nothing this kind of thing is encouraged.
 
2012-06-11 12:31:24 AM  
Non-story.

"Our parking enforcement officer made a mistake and went back in and cited about 10 vehicles," said Motsko. The city is throwing all those tickets out and will be making sure it doesn't happen again, he added.
 
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