Do you have adblock enabled?
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Atlanta Journal Constitution)   You have a car, and I have a boot. Why the rageface?   (ajc.com) divider line 126
    More: Obvious, Atlanta Police Department, Cherokee County, electronic payments, parking deck, unincorporated areas, 14th Street, chess tactics, city councils  
•       •       •

12082 clicks; posted to Main » on 26 Aug 2012 at 1:02 PM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



126 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all
 
2012-08-26 02:06:25 PM  
this is a problem without a decent solution.
 
2012-08-26 02:07:59 PM  
FTFA; "...The parking technician had taken video footage of Patel as she left the lot, and said it was a violation of the "in and out" policy. He didn't budge on the $75 fee, even when Patel called the police."

That's not enforcing deterrents for non-patron extended parking, that's trolling for cash in a down-economy. Aggressive, yet legal. It's trolling basically. Except a successful troll here equals $75.

which begs the question: How can I apply this masterful technique to the internet?
 
2012-08-26 02:09:59 PM  

PaLarkin: sweet-daddy-2: Hitching rails were so much easier.No room in front of the Longbranch?Just ride on in and tie up to the bar rail.

I don't think Miss Kitty would approve of your horse taking a dump in her saloon.


Spitoons? sp?
 
2012-08-26 02:11:02 PM  

Lando Lincoln: This just in: when you let private businesses extort people for money legally, they will do it as much as they can.


You are missing the point of the article, according to the city the businesses do not own the lots, this is the city that contracted the company to do the booting. What's insane is that they have marked spaces for certain shops so even if you do like the girl said in the article and start out in one shop but leave to go into another shop you are in violation and they will boot you, even if you go back and spend the rest of your time in the previous shop.

It has gotten that insane down here where we usually just valet the car, its cheaper than worrying about getting booted.
 
2012-08-26 02:13:05 PM  
You don't have to make it illegal, just make it so it is the best possible experience for everyone involved.

Creative ideas include:
* Changing the city ordinance so that the boot companies can only charge the lot owner by the hour, and cannot get paid in fees for attaching boots.
* Require that the lot owner post a phone number on the sign, and if they don't answer the phone to make a decision on the case at hand the boot must be removed with no fee collected.
* Require that boot techs arrive at the vehicle in less than 30 minutes from the time the number on the boot is called or the fee is reduced at $1 per minute.
 
2012-08-26 02:14:45 PM  

TiiiMMMaHHH: FTFA; "...The parking technician had taken video footage of Patel as she left the lot, and said it was a violation of the "in and out" policy. He didn't budge on the $75 fee, even when Patel called the police."

That's not enforcing deterrents for non-patron extended parking, that's trolling for cash in a down-economy. Aggressive, yet legal. It's trolling basically. Except a successful troll here equals $75.

which begs the question: How can I apply this masterful technique to the internet?


Those guys get paid per boot they put on, its got nothing to do with down economy its just assholes being huge assholes.

At one falcon game the company came around and towed/booted all those cars in accordance to weekday rules even though it was Sunday and there were no restrictions. Nothing ever came from it and the company kept the cash extorted.
 
2012-08-26 02:20:59 PM  

The My Little Pony Killer: mgshamster: The My Little Pony Killer: cig-mkr: OK, if I park on private property they can have me booted because I'm actually trespassing, but they can detain and "fine" me too? I would think it should be a police matter, they are actually holding my car for ransom. Isn't that some kind of extortion?
/ too old to give a damn

They would not have had the opportunity to "extort" you had you obeyed their clearly labelled signs.

FTA: Jeff Varasano, owner of Varasano's Pizzeria, said unclear signs and swift booting in the nearby parking deck have caused big headaches.

Weird how they didn't think to include the actual text of said "unclear" signs in TFA, don't you think? This is more of an issue of people either not knowing how to comprehend what they're reading, or just not giving a shiat because "I'll only be a minute."


Apparently the store is on the ground floor of a condo building. The parking deck spaces say "guest" or "R". They're supposed to use the "R" spots, but I can see how one would think R means reserved and guest is for customers.
 
2012-08-26 02:24:35 PM  

boomm: You don't have to make it illegal, just make it so it is the best possible experience for everyone involved.

Creative ideas include:
* Changing the city ordinance so that the boot companies can only charge the lot owner by the hour, and cannot get paid in fees for attaching boots.
* Require that the lot owner post a phone number on the sign, and if they don't answer the phone to make a decision on the case at hand the boot must be removed with no fee collected.
* Require that boot techs arrive at the vehicle in less than 30 minutes from the time the number on the boot is called or the fee is reduced at $1 per minute.


The answer to all those questions is that the city doesn't want it to change, they own the lots, they reap the rewards, the companies make sure the city council is in their pocket, and the owners of businesses have no recourse. They have even been caught booting in lots they don't own that some owners have had to hire off duty cops to keep them off their lots. Its a huge cluster fark down here since most owners tell he city council "we only get the suburbia people" and that's just a lie.
 
2012-08-26 02:27:08 PM  

cig-mkr: OK, if I park on private property they can have me booted because I'm actually trespassing, but they can detain and "fine" me too? I would think it should be a police matter, they are actually holding my car for ransom. Isn't that some kind of extortion?
/ too old to give a damn


Probably would be if it were not for all the warning signs spelling out what happens to non-patron parkers.

As indignant as we get about these things, we are smart enough to realize we were in the wrong,rolled the die anyway, and ended up with snake eyes.
 
2012-08-26 02:28:36 PM  

rebelyell2006: In four cases, he paid for boots to be removed from customers' vehicles. He was booted himself.


Ask not for whom the boot boots. It boots for thee.

I like the stories, of which there are apparently several, where the booted car isn't one someone needs on a daily basis, and they contrive to get the car back into their own garage with the boot still on it.
 
2012-08-26 02:32:45 PM  
img43.imageshack.us
Uploaded with ImageShack.us

Unavailable for comment.
 
2012-08-26 02:33:41 PM  

RareChimer: Pro-Tip: If you don't want to receive traffic citations, parking tickets, go to jail, have your car booted, or any other official form of punishment, don't break the official rules.

No, you're not being hip and rebellious when you park in a spot you're not supposed to. You're just rolling the dice to see if you get to pay someone else some money for no additional benefit to yourself. Buy the permit, park in the right spot, save yourself some time and money.


You've obviously never spent any time in Philadelphia.
 
2012-08-26 02:33:49 PM  

clowncar on fire: cig-mkr: OK, if I park on private property they can have me booted because I'm actually trespassing, but they can detain and "fine" me too? I would think it should be a police matter, they are actually holding my car for ransom. Isn't that some kind of extortion?
/ too old to give a damn

Probably would be if it were not for all the warning signs spelling out what happens to non-patron parkers.

As indignant as we get about these things, we are smart enough to realize we were in the wrong,rolled the die anyway, and ended up with snake eyes.


Read the article and the comments, most lots are either not marked clearly or even marked at all, on quite a few lots the signs are rusted over where they can't be read.
 
2012-08-26 02:35:49 PM  
Minneapolis banned booting back in 2008. Much better since. Basically towing is more of a pain in the ass for you, but also for the towing company. Not as much danger of businesses exploiting the system with unclear signage, kickbacks, etc. You can't tow as fast as you can boot. Less profitable.
 
2012-08-26 02:39:15 PM  

steamingpile: TiiiMMMaHHH: FTFA; "...The parking technician had taken video footage of Patel as she left the lot, and said it was a violation of the "in and out" policy. He didn't budge on the $75 fee, even when Patel called the police."

That's not enforcing deterrents for non-patron extended parking, that's trolling for cash in a down-economy. Aggressive, yet legal. It's trolling basically. Except a successful troll here equals $75.

which begs the question: How can I apply this masterful technique to the internet?

Those guys get paid per boot they put on, its got nothing to do with down economy its just assholes being huge assholes.

At one falcon game the company came around and towed/booted all those cars in accordance to weekday rules even though it was Sunday and there were no restrictions. Nothing ever came from it and the company kept the cash extorted.


Does Georgia have small claims court? Wouldn't it be worth a try? Take pictures of the enforcement signs maybe? Write the owner of the falcons and remind him that NFL games are expensive enough and that he should have a talk with the company?

Maybe I'm too naive, and it really is as simple as the concept behind bottle deposits: Charge everyone, and hope they are too lazy to try to get their money back.
 
2012-08-26 02:44:28 PM  

TiiiMMMaHHH: steamingpile: TiiiMMMaHHH: FTFA; "...The parking technician had taken video footage of Patel as she left the lot, and said it was a violation of the "in and out" policy. He didn't budge on the $75 fee, even when Patel called the police."

That's not enforcing deterrents for non-patron extended parking, that's trolling for cash in a down-economy. Aggressive, yet legal. It's trolling basically. Except a successful troll here equals $75.

which begs the question: How can I apply this masterful technique to the internet?

Those guys get paid per boot they put on, its got nothing to do with down economy its just assholes being huge assholes.

At one falcon game the company came around and towed/booted all those cars in accordance to weekday rules even though it was Sunday and there were no restrictions. Nothing ever came from it and the company kept the cash extorted.

Does Georgia have small claims court? Wouldn't it be worth a try? Take pictures of the enforcement signs maybe? Write the owner of the falcons and remind him that NFL games are expensive enough and that he should have a talk with the company?

Maybe I'm too naive, and it really is as simple as the concept behind bottle deposits: Charge everyone, and hope they are too lazy to try to get their money back.


There is very little recourse, the company has a $5 million dollar contract with the city and if you get a ticket you know who contest the ticket to?????...... The same farking company.

To sue you have to go through a long process involving the city and most people don't have that kind of money or time.
 
2012-08-26 02:44:38 PM  

TiiiMMMaHHH: Maybe I'm too naive, and it really is as simple as the concept behind bottle deposits: Charge everyone, and hope they are too lazy to try to get their money back.


I thought the deposit was there so hobos would collect them. haven't seen a hobo with shopping cart full of cans since I was teenager probably.
/hobos won't get off the cardboard bed for less than $20 an hour these days.
 
2012-08-26 02:47:20 PM  

steamingpile: The answer to all those questions is that the city doesn't want it to change, they own the lots


No they don't. You're just making stuff up now. I know you hate Atlanta but resorting to making up stuff is weak.
 
2012-08-26 02:47:31 PM  
I am glad to live where I live. It is a small suburb between two large cities. It is rare that I can not find a parking spot. I was 22 before I ever had to put money into a parking meter. I have only ever had one parking ticket in my life, and that was because I ran out of gas one day.

I spent four months in Chicago, and hated the parking situation so much that when the chance came to move back here I jumped on it.

My problem with booting is that to me, the city shouldn't have the power to boot a car and then tow it for unpaid tickets (Parking Wars), or just for a minor parking infringement like in TFA. The car is private property. If it is towed because the driver was arrested, that is one thing, but here it just seems wrong.
 
2012-08-26 02:48:22 PM  
Clearly the employee didn't understand the concept of time machines. Duh.
 
2012-08-26 02:49:05 PM  
It seems like putting a device on a car that makes it unsafe to operate should be illegal. Does the fact that it's done privately mean you can cut the damn thing off and there isn't shiat they can do? They could try to come after you for destruction of property but you could do the same to them.
 
2012-08-26 02:49:50 PM  

I'd add, basically the Minneapolis city council decided that car booting was impossible to regulate. Create a cheap, easy, and legal way to impound other peoples' property and a profit motive to the private entities that do it, this is invariably what you'll get. It's a bad thing. Sure, the car booting companies were upset when their businesses had to close. Guess how many tears were shed for them.

I actually found an article from the UofM student paper (which is generally not so great, BTW), which quotes a guy from Gopher Towing - once of the biggest towing companies in one of the most heavily towed-from areas in the city - saying that they had voluntarily quit booting several years before the practice was banned.

Gene Buell, owner of Gopher Towing, said he was one of the first people to get a booting license when the city began allowing the practice.

Gopher Towing never received a citation, but Buell said he stopped booting several years ago after unethical practices became common.

Often, businesses would boot too aggressively and even pay off lot owners for calling in vehicles that could be booted, he said.
Link
When a farking towing company stops a lucrative practice because they think the norm is unethical, you've got a problem.
 
2012-08-26 02:52:36 PM  

steamingpile: Read the article and the comments, most lots are either not marked clearly or even marked at all, on quite a few lots the signs are rusted over where they can't be read.


If you can't see the sign, why would you assume by default it's your property to do with as you please? Do you own the property? No? Then don't park there. Why one earth do you think because you drive a car you're entitled to confiscate private property for your own use?


/Also you seem to not understand the difference between ParkAtlanta (not even mentioned in the article) which enforces street parking and booting on private property (regulated by the city but the parking spaces not owned by the city)
//Your hatred is blinding you
 
2012-08-26 02:57:01 PM  

EngineerAU: steamingpile: The answer to all those questions is that the city doesn't want it to change, they own the lots

No they don't. You're just making stuff up now. I know you hate Atlanta but resorting to making up stuff is weak.


They do own 90% of the lots downtown, go down there and check it out if you don't believe me, all the lots that say parkatlanta on them are city owned lots. Even places that have shops in them are controlled by the city, it was a price the developers paid to allow them to retrofit the buildings.

And I don't hate Atlanta, I just realize there is not much to do down there and there are tons of cities that are more fun and better run.
 
2012-08-26 02:58:11 PM  

geekbikerskum: [img43.imageshack.us image 260x390]
Uploaded with ImageShack.us

Unavailable for comment.


Came here for Angle Grinder Man.

Seriously, I'd NEVER pay to have a boot removed. They'd come back to a parking space with only their removed boot.
 
2012-08-26 02:59:22 PM  

EngineerAU: steamingpile: Read the article and the comments, most lots are either not marked clearly or even marked at all, on quite a few lots the signs are rusted over where they can't be read.

If you can't see the sign, why would you assume by default it's your property to do with as you please? Do you own the property? No? Then don't park there. Why one earth do you think because you drive a car you're entitled to confiscate private property for your own use?


/Also you seem to not understand the difference between ParkAtlanta (not even mentioned in the article) which enforces street parking and booting on private property (regulated by the city but the parking spaces not owned by the city)
//Your hatred is blinding you


Its obvious you don't travel downtown.much or either you are calling midtown or buckhead downtown(which they aren't)

You are wrong just admit it and move along.
 
2012-08-26 03:02:48 PM  
If a government is booting you, removing it would likely be illegal.

If a private company, like in TFA is booting you, I would think it is somewhat less clear, sooo...

Just sayin' 
 
2012-08-26 03:03:11 PM  

RareChimer: Pro-Tip: If you don't want to receive traffic citations, parking tickets, go to jail, have your car booted, or any other official form of punishment, don't break the official rules.

No, you're not being hip and rebellious when you park in a spot you're not supposed to. You're just rolling the dice to see if you get to pay someone else some money for no additional benefit to yourself. Buy the permit, park in the right spot, save yourself some time and money.


Dude, Atlanta is f**ked up.

No way to get proof at 90% of the lots there. Every lot is designated to specific businesses in the area.
 
2012-08-26 03:06:03 PM  

Uisce Beatha: If a government is booting you, removing it would likely be illegal.

If a private company, like in TFA is booting you, I would think it is somewhat less clear, sooo...

Just sayin' 


They are doing under a city authority contract so it is the city booting you, they made sure of that when they had the contract written. The company are scumbags and should be drawn and quartered.
 
2012-08-26 03:06:32 PM  
fark boots and the farking companies that exploit the rules.

I paid 150 just last weekend. Where I parked and have parked before has no signs and no markings for a fire zone or anything.

asshole would only take the boot off if he kept my cell while we went to an atm.

that IS extortion
 
2012-08-26 03:09:39 PM  

Hobo Jr.: RareChimer: Pro-Tip: If you don't want to receive traffic citations, parking tickets, go to jail, have your car booted, or any other official form of punishment, don't break the official rules.

No, you're not being hip and rebellious when you park in a spot you're not supposed to. You're just rolling the dice to see if you get to pay someone else some money for no additional benefit to yourself. Buy the permit, park in the right spot, save yourself some time and money.

Dude, Atlanta is f**ked up.

No way to get proof at 90% of the lots there. Every lot is designated to specific businesses in the area.


The businesses have designated spots but if a customer does not go in that particular business they get booted, even if they do go in that establishment. Its mainly downtown where the city used to write tickets, once you get a little further north, I believe its peachtree battle rd for a local reference point there is no problem.
 
2012-08-26 03:12:19 PM  
Keep one of these in your trunk:

i47.tinypic.com
 
2012-08-26 03:12:22 PM  
Maybe these "Boot Companies" could expand their business, and take the load off the police, by booting people who park illegally in the handicap areas too.
 
2012-08-26 03:14:03 PM  
TiiiMMMaHHH:

Maybe I'm too naive, and it really is as simple as the concept behind bottle deposits: Charge everyone, and hope they are too lazy to try to get their money back.

Ummm no.

The concept of bottle deposits is to minimise landfill and maximise recycling - but you can believe this little hunk of rock has infinite resources for an expanding population if you really like, I will though consider you a little slow.... I'd like to wink, but I just cannot bring myself too :p
 
2012-08-26 03:17:11 PM  
i46.tinypic.com
 
2012-08-26 03:25:03 PM  

Langdon_777: The concept of bottle deposits is to minimise landfill and maximise recycling - but you can believe this little hunk of rock has infinite resources for an expanding population if you really like, I will though consider you a little slow.... I'd like to wink, but I just cannot bring myself too :p


California has a fairly high deposit fee, and the legislature takes the unredeemed funds (people tossing the bottles and cans in normal waste or into recycling bins) and spends it on General Fund stuff. When the recession hit a lot more people started redeeming their deposits and funds available for stealing reassigning dropped. So now there are calls to raise the deposit amounts to bring the deposit pool back to where they can steal reassign the amounts they're used to having. So at least in one case, the point of deposits is to fund government.
 
2012-08-26 03:34:10 PM  

jjorsett: Langdon_777: The concept of bottle deposits is to minimise landfill and maximise recycling - but you can believe this little hunk of rock has infinite resources for an expanding population if you really like, I will though consider you a little slow.... I'd like to wink, but I just cannot bring myself too :p

California has a fairly high deposit fee, and the legislature takes the unredeemed funds (people tossing the bottles and cans in normal waste or into recycling bins) and spends it on General Fund stuff. When the recession hit a lot more people started redeeming their deposits and funds available for stealing reassigning dropped. So now there are calls to raise the deposit amounts to bring the deposit pool back to where they can steal reassign the amounts they're used to having. So at least in one case, the point of deposits is to fund government.


Grow up.
 
2012-08-26 03:34:44 PM  
Where have I heard this argument against obeying the rules before... oh right. It's the exact same argument smokers use for why it's okay for them to just toss their butts wherever, because "There's no convenient place so I'll just drop it here." "There's a trash can five feet that way." "Too far.'

Sounds like a bunch of entitled whiners parking in private lots and expecting to get away with it because "because."
 
2012-08-26 03:37:14 PM  

TiiiMMMaHHH: FTFA; "...The parking technician had taken video footage of Patel as she left the lot, and said it was a violation of the "in and out" policy. He didn't budge on the $75 fee, even when Patel called the police."

That's not enforcing deterrents for non-patron extended parking, that's trolling for cash in a down-economy. Aggressive, yet legal. It's trolling basically. Except a successful troll here equals $75.

which begs the question: How can I apply this masterful technique to the internet?


You missed the part in the article, "It was several hours before she noticed the boot." She was away for SEVERAL HOURS.
 
2012-08-26 03:39:04 PM  

jjorsett: Langdon_777: The concept of bottle deposits is to minimise landfill and maximise recycling - but you can believe this little hunk of rock has infinite resources for an expanding population if you really like, I will though consider you a little slow.... I'd like to wink, but I just cannot bring myself too :p

California has a fairly high deposit fee, and the legislature takes the unredeemed funds (people tossing the bottles and cans in normal waste or into recycling bins) and spends it on General Fund stuff. When the recession hit a lot more people started redeeming their deposits and funds available for stealing reassigning dropped. So now there are calls to raise the deposit amounts to bring the deposit pool back to where they can steal reassign the amounts they're used to having. So at least in one case, the point of deposits is to fund government.


Ok thats just wrong.

I live in South Australia which was a pioneer of deposits (recently raising the rates from 5c to 10c - mostly because of the cost of glass). All it takes is a to drive across a border and see the difference in litter to know its a damn good idea - besides I finally cleaned out my garage this week and got over $250 (yes we probably drink too much and don't recycle enough :p).

Personally I think all 'bonus' community activities ought to be paid for via 'bad money' (fines etc) and all essential services funded via 'clean money' (general taxation) - no essential service should ever be funded via 'bad money'!

'Bad money' is for things like fireworks and limousines *imp*
 
2012-08-26 03:40:49 PM  

DarkVader: geekbikerskum: [img43.imageshack.us image 260x390]
Uploaded with ImageShack.us

Unavailable for comment.

Came here for Angle Grinder Man.

Seriously, I'd NEVER pay to have a boot removed. They'd come back to a parking space with only their removed boot.


Fines for tampering with a boot are much higher than fees to have one removed. Those things aren't cheap.
 
2012-08-26 04:04:54 PM  

Securitywyrm: TiiiMMMaHHH: FTFA; "...The parking technician had taken video footage of Patel as she left the lot, and said it was a violation of the "in and out" policy. He didn't budge on the $75 fee, even when Patel called the police."

That's not enforcing deterrents for non-patron extended parking, that's trolling for cash in a down-economy. Aggressive, yet legal. It's trolling basically. Except a successful troll here equals $75.

which begs the question: How can I apply this masterful technique to the internet?

You missed the part in the article, "It was several hours before she noticed the boot." She was away for SEVERAL HOURS.


That blog post wasn't going to write itself.
 
2012-08-26 04:13:15 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Fines for tampering with a boot are much higher than fees to have one removed.


Disparaging the boot is a bootable offense!

encrypted-tbn3.google.com
 
2012-08-26 04:20:03 PM  

Securitywyrm: You missed the part in the article, "It was several hours before she noticed the boot." She was away for SEVERAL HOURS.


She went to Starbucks, left Starbucks to pop over to Einstein Bros for a couple minutes, brought her bagel back to Starbucks, and then spent several hours in the Starbucks.

So it was a Starbucks parking spot, she spent 95% of her time at Starbucks, but they booted her for the 5 minutes she left Starbucks to get something at Einstein Bros.

I bet you've done this. I've done this. There's a bistro I take my mother to on Mother's Day, and there's a flower shop next door. I park in the bistro only spots, get flowers first, then eat lunch at the bistro. I'd be pissed too if they towed/booted my car when I spent most of my time at the bistro.
 
2012-08-26 04:23:37 PM  
products.wackerneuson.com

FYI, you can rent these.
 
2012-08-26 04:29:03 PM  

Langdon_777: TiiiMMMaHHH:

Maybe I'm too naive, and it really is as simple as the concept behind bottle deposits: Charge everyone, and hope they are too lazy to try to get their money back.

Ummm no.

The concept of bottle deposits is to minimise landfill and maximise recycling - but you can believe this little hunk of rock has infinite resources for an expanding population if you really like, I will though consider you a little slow.... I'd like to wink, but I just cannot bring myself too :p


Let me elaborate, since you are clearly not the sharpest spoon in the drawer..

When any entity sets out to disguise their 'behavior taxation' profit model by mucking up the issues of liability and culpability, it is extortion. People aren't getting tickets and asked to pay within 30 days pending the results of any appeals.. they are assumed guilty until proven innocent, their car is booted, and they MUST pay money to gain access to THEIR vehicle again.

Bottle deposits and boots are both examples of 'behavior taxation'. They are involuntary schemes that FORCE the end user to pay FIRST, and there are no guarantees of that money being recouped. If the end user chooses to behave in an univested, lazy way, than they are forfeiting their rights to recouping the money they were forced to pay out in the beginning...

And what makes these behavior taxes work? NO ONE FIGHTS BACK. This is no different than issues of privacy, due process, or national security. If a large enough group doesnt buck the status quo, than slowly, the behavior taxes start piling up. No healthcare in 2015? That's a taxin...

It may seem like just a bottle deposit, or just a parking boot, or mandatory health care, but it's really grooming the future of taxation to offset the lack of tax base that was attributed to blue collar employers. The policy makers are passing the buck to joe shmoe, rather than placing tariffs on imports to force employers to come home.

Go ahead, call me crazy, tell me my tinfoil hat looks nice. But when you have to pay carbon taxes 10 years from now, you can thank your inaction today for allowing our nation to drift to a place where something like carbon taxing is even fathomable, let alone appropriate.
 
2012-08-26 04:50:27 PM  

MyPoolLeaks: Securitywyrm: TiiiMMMaHHH: FTFA; "...The parking technician had taken video footage of Patel as she left the lot, and said it was a violation of the "in and out" policy. He didn't budge on the $75 fee, even when Patel called the police."

That's not enforcing deterrents for non-patron extended parking, that's trolling for cash in a down-economy. Aggressive, yet legal. It's trolling basically. Except a successful troll here equals $75.

which begs the question: How can I apply this masterful technique to the internet?

You missed the part in the article, "It was several hours before she noticed the boot." She was away for SEVERAL HOURS.

That blog post wasn't going to write itself.


And YOU missed the part in the article where she said she went next door, came RIGHT BACK, and was patronizing her original destination the whole time, therefore not violating the policy. The technician used footage of her making a quick trip to get a bagel to justify his booting her car. HER CAR WAS NOT BOOTED BASED ON DURATION, it was the 'in and out' rule. It was aggressive, and a dick move.

/You were almost right though.. almost. Better luck next time.
 
2012-08-26 05:01:34 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: Patel


says it all
 
2012-08-26 05:06:37 PM  

sbutler: Securitywyrm: You missed the part in the article, "It was several hours before she noticed the boot." She was away for SEVERAL HOURS.

She went to Starbucks, left Starbucks to pop over to Einstein Bros for a couple minutes, brought her bagel back to Starbucks, and then spent several hours in the Starbucks.

So it was a Starbucks parking spot, she spent 95% of her time at Starbucks, but they booted her for the 5 minutes she left Starbucks to get something at Einstein Bros.

I bet you've done this. I've done this. There's a bistro I take my mother to on Mother's Day, and there's a flower shop next door. I park in the bistro only spots, get flowers first, then eat lunch at the bistro. I'd be pissed too if they towed/booted my car when I spent most of my time at the bistro.


So you're saying that she spent several hours at Starbucks, and was ticketed because she made a 'quick trip' to a bagel store nearby? I'm going to call bullshiat on those being her only stops.
 
2012-08-26 05:08:36 PM  
No one has answered the underlying riddle...

Why would anyone go to Atlanta?
 
Displayed 50 of 126 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | 3 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
Advertisement
On Twitter





In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report