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(KPLC Lake Charles)   The guy who booted the ambulance in New Orleans last week has been fired. His defense? He didn't know what an ambulance was. No really, that's his defense   (kplctv.com) divider line 124
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2012-12-06 03:55:07 PM  
Charged with simple criminal damage to property. That isn't enough, charge him with criminal negligence for putting someone's life at risk
 
2012-12-06 03:57:33 PM  
Private property rights in this country died sometime around 1861. Deal with it.
 
2012-12-06 04:07:17 PM  
Akesha Allen is a private investigator and in September, she stopped to get a drink at Quicky's. Before getting out, she climbed to the back of the van to secure her equipment when it started shaking.

"I said, what are you doing? I'm not illegally parked. He goes, yes you are. You didn't pay the fee. I said I never got out of the van to pay the fee," Allen said about a $5 charge for parking in the lot.


So even if you patronize the store you have to pay a $5 parking fee? wtf? And then get shaken down for $115?

 I'd be trying to remove my boot with that guys face.
 
2012-12-06 04:13:32 PM  

PreMortem: So even if you patronize the store you have to pay a $5 parking fee? wtf? And then get shaken down for $115?


I'd have called the cops and try to have them charged with extortion for the PI case.
 
2012-12-06 04:20:01 PM  
They say there's no such thing as bad publicity.

Rebuttal A: Quicky's.
 
2012-12-06 04:23:54 PM  
In case it wasn't obvious, I can personally attest that the guys who run this store and pretty much anyone who patronizes it are scum.

The world would be a better place if the doors were barred during peak business hours and it was burned to the ground.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-12-06 04:41:21 PM  
It's a weird charge, but obstructing an ambulance on private property may not be a crime. I don't think it is where I live because nobody thought we needed a law on the subject.

So even if you patronize the store you have to pay a $5 parking fee? wtf?

Read UCLA professor Donald Shoup's writings on parking for arguments in favor of making parking non-free in general. Their setup makes me think a bunch of extortionate kneecaps need to be smashed, but charging customers to park is not a fundamentally flawed concept. It's unbundling a cost that we're accustomed to having bundled.
 
2012-12-06 04:44:49 PM  
That wasn't the defense of the guy who booted the ambulance--it was the owner's explanation. FTFA, it sounds to me like he's trying to deflect all blame on that one guy and get the spotlight off of his parking racket.

Barstid. How much do you want to bet he summarily fired anyone who missed a chance to boot a vehicle for any reason?
 
2012-12-06 04:50:28 PM  

gilgigamesh: In case it wasn't obvious, I can personally attest that the guys who run this store and pretty much anyone who patronizes it are scum.

The world would be a better place if the doors were barred during peak business hours and it was burned to the ground.


Seconded. It's right across the street from Criminal District Court, and I get that there are douchebags who would park there and leave to go to court for hours on end, but this is way over the top.
 
2012-12-06 04:52:38 PM  
Fire him, and fire the guy who hired him!
 
2012-12-06 04:54:27 PM  
ICE detained the guy after the local cops cited him. He was here on a tourist visa, not a work visa.

This would make a great Simpsons episode.
 
2012-12-06 05:02:48 PM  
Unless he's an expar from Shangri-La, I'm not sure that's the best defence for him.
 
2012-12-06 05:03:39 PM  

Apos: Unless he's an expart from Shangri-La, I'm not sure that's the best defence for him.


Fixed.
 
2012-12-06 05:33:56 PM  
In his defense, he always thought it was spelled ecnalubmA

Who knew?
 
2012-12-06 06:42:22 PM  

ZAZ: nobody thought we needed a law on the subject


There is an incredible pile of laws that ought to be unnecessary, passed specifically to address predators like these. So, not only do they steal from all of us, they make our government more and more oppressive.
 
2012-12-06 07:01:06 PM  

gilgigamesh: The world would be a better place if the doors were barred during peak business hours and it was burned to the ground.


That seems like an either/or solution.
 
2012-12-06 07:05:36 PM  
He now plans on riding the bus and booting random young ladies in purple leggings.
 
2012-12-06 07:28:17 PM  

ZAZ: It's a weird charge, but obstructing an ambulance on private property may not be a crime. I don't think it is where I live because nobody thought we needed a law on the subject.

So even if you patronize the store you have to pay a $5 parking fee? wtf?

Read UCLA professor Donald Shoup's writings on parking for arguments in favor of making parking non-free in general. Their setup makes me think a bunch of extortionate kneecaps need to be smashed, but charging customers to park is not a fundamentally flawed concept. It's unbundling a cost that we're accustomed to having bundled.


It's fundamentally flawed for something like a convenience store. Do you not see how inconvenient that is?
 
2012-12-06 08:02:03 PM  

trivial use of my dark powers: That wasn't the defense of the guy who booted the ambulance--it was the owner's explanation. FTFA, it sounds to me like he's trying to deflect all blame on that one guy and get the spotlight off of his parking racket.

Barstid. How much do you want to bet he summarily fired anyone who missed a chance to boot a vehicle for any reason?


I agree. Dump the immigrant to protect the business.
 
2012-12-06 08:05:27 PM  
He saw the big flashing lights and thought it was the Emergency Doritos Delivery truck?
 
2012-12-06 08:05:50 PM  

jimmyego: gilgigamesh: The world would be a better place if the doors were barred during peak business hours and it was burned to the ground.

That seems like an either/or solution.


I think he is also after the bar's patrons.
 
2012-12-06 08:10:59 PM  
As i stated with the previous article, these store owners are simply running a scam. It is time that everyone in the community completely boycotted the business and warned others about it.
 
2012-12-06 08:17:19 PM  

gblive: As i stated with the previous article, these store owners are simply running a scam. It is time that everyone in the community completely boycotted the business and warned others about it.


Or, as it was mentioned earlier, bar the doors and torch the place.
 
2012-12-06 08:17:57 PM  

Gig103: Charged with simple criminal damage to property. That isn't enough, charge him with criminal negligence for putting someone's life at risk


This guy should be saddled with the bill for both the truck, and the patient's transport.

What a douchebag.

fusillade762: He saw the big flashing lights and thought it was the Emergency Doritos Delivery truck?


They were bringing Slim Jims.

www.conagrafoods.com
 
2012-12-06 08:24:51 PM  
cdn.nahright.com
 
2012-12-06 08:25:17 PM  
theinterrobang.com 

I suspect the guys on the right had something to do with it.
 
2012-12-06 08:28:00 PM  
Ambulance parking in his parking lot? Should have called the
i28.photobucket.com

/Oh, wait...
 
2012-12-06 08:31:03 PM  
That's his defense?

Okay, then you're STILL fired, this time it's for epic stupidity and total, absolute incompetence.
 
2012-12-06 08:33:58 PM  

gilgigamesh: In case it wasn't obvious, I can personally attest that the guys who run this store and pretty much anyone who patronizes it are scum.

The world would be a better place if the doors were barred during peak business hours and it was burned to the ground.


You ain't kidding. There's something like 3 "Pay by the Month" Motels within a half-mile of that place, and every ass-backwards, toothless, unemployed, strung out motherfarker in those Motels uses that place like a farking Wal-Mart. The statewide IQ of Louisiana would rise 10 points with your suggestion. You should get a Nobel prize.

/worst month of my life, having to serve Jury Duty at that court
//got to catch up with an old friend of mine that is now an attorney, though, so that was nice
///But the murder case itself was...bluuuhhhh....
 
2012-12-06 08:35:05 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Set fire to him, and set fire to the guy who hired him!



FTFY
 
2012-12-06 08:37:27 PM  

Silverstaff: That's his defense?

Okay, then you're STILL fired, this time it's for epic stupidity and total, absolute incompetence.


I'd be willing to bet that the owner just made his employees boot and shakedown every car they could under threat of firing, and then they got caught booting the ambulance.
 
2012-12-06 08:40:57 PM  

Ronin_S: Silverstaff: That's his defense?

Okay, then you're STILL fired, this time it's for epic stupidity and total, absolute incompetence.

I'd be willing to bet that the owner just made his employees boot and shakedown every car they could under threat of firing, and then they got caught booting the ambulance.


It's practically a guarantee.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-12-06 08:41:35 PM  
The city Code says private companies are allowed to boot, but they must be licensed with the city, they can only charge a maximum of $90 to remove the boot.

Somebody had better have a big bribe handy to keep his booting license.
 
2012-12-06 08:42:50 PM  
Take 10,000 5 year olds. Ask them to identify an ambulance. Then ask them to identify a vehicle boot. If the ratio of correctly identified ambulances to correctly identified vehicle boots is less than 99.9, this guy doesn't get kicked in the nuts
 
2012-12-06 08:42:57 PM  

ArkAngel: ZAZ: It's a weird charge, but obstructing an ambulance on private property may not be a crime. I don't think it is where I live because nobody thought we needed a law on the subject.

So even if you patronize the store you have to pay a $5 parking fee? wtf?

Read UCLA professor Donald Shoup's writings on parking for arguments in favor of making parking non-free in general. Their setup makes me think a bunch of extortionate kneecaps need to be smashed, but charging customers to park is not a fundamentally flawed concept. It's unbundling a cost that we're accustomed to having bundled.

It's fundamentally flawed for something like a convenience store. Do you not see how inconvenient that is?


Airlines have succeeded in unbundling a lot of their costs (by turning them into separate profit centers), but it's a whole lot easier to find another convenience store (or skip it altogether) than it is to find another 7 a.m. flight to Austin.
 
2012-12-06 08:43:21 PM  
As i stated with the previous article, these store owners are simply running a scam. It is time that everyone in the community completely boycotted the business and warned others about it.

Battery-powered angle grinder. Buying replacement boots would get expensive fast.
 
2012-12-06 08:49:02 PM  

PreMortem: So even if you patronize the store you have to pay a $5 parking fee? wtf? And then get shaken down for $115?


This. The article is so badly written it makes the original story even more aggravating.
 
2012-12-06 08:49:09 PM  
So, the guy who booted it was named Ahmed Sidi Aleywa, he apparently was here on a tourist visa so he's in deep with ICE on top of this.

Other articles say he's from Mauritania (that's in West Africa) Link.

Also, TFA says that this is not the first time they've been lightning quick with the boot, like the example of the local who came there in a van, went to the back of the van to check on something before getting out to buy something at the store, and found the van immediately being booted. Also, TFA says they are charging about $25 more than local law allows to remove the boot.

Yeah, big scam. The guy from Mauritania is taking the fall for it, but I'll be the owners were in on it. Mr. Aleywa just didn't know to not try it on an ambulance.

As for not knowing what an ambulance was because he was from Mauritania, a quick GIS brings up this image:

news.bbcimg.co.uk 

What ambulances in Mauritania look like.
 
2012-12-06 08:49:35 PM  

ka1axy: As i stated with the previous article, these store owners are simply running a scam. It is time that everyone in the community completely boycotted the business and warned others about it.

Battery-powered angle grinder. Buying replacement boots would get expensive fast.


I would love it so much if that happened.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-12-06 08:54:02 PM  
Battery-powered angle grinder.

There is, or was, a British superhero called Angle Grinder Man who goes around freeing cars from bondage.
 
2012-12-06 08:55:33 PM  
If you want cars removed from your parking lot then why do you boot them?

Tow them away.
 
2012-12-06 08:56:15 PM  
We've got a bunch of convenience stores/ gas stations run by Arabs around here now. They seem to all be scumbags. I had one call the cops on me claiming I didn't pay for gas. He was covering his ass because he missed a drive-off and tried (so stupidly) to hang it on the next guy to come through. Kind of easy to prove with an empty tank. Then they bought another store right near my house and they tried charging me more than the marked price on two separate occasions. They play dumb about everything. They've got all sorts of food in there that isn't marked for individual sale, and they love to put price tags over the Best By date. There seems to be no ethics in the Arab world when it comes to business.

The Indian kids who run the Citgo near me are awesome guys though and I happily shop there instead of handing money over to corporate outfits like QT.
 
2012-12-06 08:58:08 PM  

BalugaJoe: If you want cars removed from your parking lot then why do you boot them?

Tow them away.


They are booted for pure profit. Once the boot is on, they know they're going to get a payoff.

Towing means "we want that car out of here to free up space."

Booting means "we've got an excuse to extract money from you because you violated a parking rule".
 
2012-12-06 09:03:04 PM  

trivial use of my dark powers: That wasn't the defense of the guy who booted the ambulance--it was the owner's explanation. FTFA, it sounds to me like he's trying to deflect all blame on that one guy and get the spotlight off of his parking racket.

Barstid. How much do you want to bet he summarily fired anyone who missed a chance to boot a vehicle for any reason?



This. I don't get angry at worker bees doing what they've been told. I do get angry when worker bees get fired for doing what they've been told, only to have the person who told them to do it deflect blame onto them.
 
2012-12-06 09:05:22 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: ICE detained the guy after the local cops cited him. He was here on a tourist visa, not a work visa.

This would make a great Simpsons episode.


Was considering this also. Could it be that the person receiving care ate the whistling meat?
 
2012-12-06 09:12:21 PM  

Apik0r0s: There seems to be no ethics in the Arab world when it comes to business.


Hey, look, you're a piece of sh*t racist!
 
2012-12-06 09:14:13 PM  

Everyone Sucks But Me: [cdn.nahright.com image 500x400]


darn, beat me to it.

www.fancyfray.com
 
2012-12-06 09:14:39 PM  
I have always wanted to try out the Husqvarna K750 on a boot. Louisiana is to far to drive tho.
 
2012-12-06 09:18:52 PM  

ZAZ: The city Code says private companies are allowed to boot, but they must be licensed with the city, they can only charge a maximum of $90 to remove the boot.

Somebody had better have a big bribe handy to keep his booting license.


Sounds like he doesn't actually have one, is just using some licensed company's name with his phone number.
 
2012-12-06 09:19:44 PM  

BummerDuck: I have always wanted to try out the Husqvarna K750 on a boot. Louisiana is to far to drive tho.


Might be hard to pull off in front of the store. This would be a great time to have a friend that drives a tow truck.
 
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