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(Daily Mail)   Authorities became suspicious when the switch from quarter operated to computerized parking meters started bringing in half-a-million dollars more per year   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 52
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2013-08-17 11:41:36 AM  
Some two-bit crook gets fired?
 
2013-08-17 12:55:35 PM  
media.avclub.com
 
2013-08-17 12:55:38 PM  
Yes he stole but prosecutors saying that "Prosecutors said the money allowed Bagarozzo to send his daughters to college and pay off his mortgage,"

That's not a good argument for a prosecutor. They might was well have said "How dare someone send their child to college on the crap pay we give people"
 
2013-08-17 12:55:58 PM  
www.hollywoodreporter.com

Provide for your family after your death?

You're doing it wrong!

/I am the one who knocks!
 
2013-08-17 12:57:57 PM  
Run all them quarters through Coin Star for no-fee Amazon Gift Card$$ for yourself.

UPS and FedEx build a terminal at your curb.
 
2013-08-17 01:02:37 PM  
You'd think that after stealing the first $1,000 or so, his next thought would have been, "what the fark am I going to do with all these quarters?"
 
2013-08-17 01:02:43 PM  
[...] he will be allowed to continue collecting his pension, according to the local station

I thought that only important people (like elected officials and CEOs) were able to do that after getting busted.
 
2013-08-17 01:02:44 PM  
Huh. Thieves stealing from thieves. I'll save my outrage.

Taxes on everything from gas to the vehicle itself.  Aggressive and often unjust ticketing. Then a "court cost" fee to contest said unjust ticketing even if innocent even though we pay taxes that suppository fund the courts. Finally, another fee to park the damn car. Recently the city I live in has changed the curb design in a very popular restaurant and shopping district which already was deficient in parking spaces, eliminating dozens of free 2 hour parking spaces. It's clear to me that was the main reason they did it.
 
2013-08-17 01:02:57 PM  
FTFA: "I have hit rock bottom..."

aka: I got busted and now my life sucks and I'm super embarrassed that everyone knows I'm a thief
 
2013-08-17 01:03:25 PM  
desdecuba.com

"Bello works the parking meters, Batista pockets the lottery."
 
2013-08-17 01:05:18 PM  
Oh, Buffalo.  Yeah, figures.

/sigh
 
2013-08-17 01:05:58 PM  
"Supposedly".

Talk about a Freudian slip.
 
2013-08-17 01:12:03 PM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
his arch nemesis
 
2013-08-17 01:14:45 PM  

FarkinHostile: Huh. Thieves stealing from thieves. I'll save my outrage.

Taxes on everything from gas to the vehicle itself.  Aggressive and often unjust ticketing. Then a "court cost" fee to contest said unjust ticketing even if innocent even though we pay taxes that suppository fund the courts. Finally, another fee to park the damn car. Recently the city I live in has changed the curb design in a very popular restaurant and shopping district which already was deficient in parking spaces, eliminating dozens of free 2 hour parking spaces. It's clear to me that was the main reason they did it.


"Suppository fund"- I like the way you think....
 
2013-08-17 01:18:18 PM  

DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: Run all them quarters through Coin Star for no-fee Amazon Gift Card$$ for yourself.

UPS and FedEx build a terminal at your curb.


It certainly wouldn't help with his gambling problem, but that seems like a great way to launder the money.  Even better would be to have an accomplice to have all merchandise sent to their house.

If it was me I'd probably just pay the Coinstar fee and cash in the coins every week for cash.  I guess you have to admire his patience on counting and rolling all the coins himself.
 
2013-08-17 01:19:10 PM  
FarkinHostile:. Recently the city I live in has changed the curb design in a very popular restaurant and shopping district which already was deficient in parking spaces, eliminating dozens of free 2 hour parking spaces. It's clear to me that was the main reason they did it.

To get your car out of the city to make it a nicer place for everyone?

/I know USA doesn't have public transport, so yeah, it was just for the money.
 
2013-08-17 01:21:03 PM  

NutWrench: You'd think that after stealing the first $1,000 or so, his next thought would have been, "what the fark am I going to do with all these quarters?"


Take them to the bank during his lunch hour. Try reading the article.
 
2013-08-17 01:21:04 PM  
$210,000 tax-free for 2.5 years in prison is a good deal.
 
2013-08-17 01:25:10 PM  

leevis: NutWrench: You'd think that after stealing the first $1,000 or so, his next thought would have been, "what the fark am I going to do with all these quarters?"

Take them to the bank during his lunch hour. Try reading the article.


I did. And I figured the bank would get mighty suspicious if I showed up with hundreds of dollars worth of quarters every week.
Especially if my job was repairing parking meters.
 
2013-08-17 01:26:04 PM  
It's called an AUDIT, people. Send a third party out to perform random checks on the meters, do collections, etc., and then compare the results to what your regular employees report or bring in. As my account dad told me, if you don't have checks in place, it's guaranteed that somebody will steal from you.
 
2013-08-17 01:29:14 PM  
I was thinking of a completely different reason.
For instance, miscalibrated computerized meters that were shorting the public of paid-for time.

This is just as stupid.
 
2013-08-17 01:31:17 PM  
Crime pays.
Just ask any banker.
He was just doin' it wrong - shoulda worn a tie and brown shoes.
 
2013-08-17 01:35:12 PM  

studebaker hoch: $210,000 tax-free for 2.5 years in prison is a good deal.


Until the IRS starts crawling up your ass
 
2013-08-17 01:35:44 PM  

SauronWasFramed: Some two-bit crook gets fired?


I see what you did there... nice.

/not sure what the fark wrong with the rest of these morons.
 
2013-08-17 01:36:24 PM  

TomServo24: DirtyDeadGhostofEbenezerCooke: Run all them quarters through Coin Star for no-fee Amazon Gift Card$$ for yourself.

UPS and FedEx build a terminal at your curb.

It certainly wouldn't help with his gambling problem, but that seems like a great way to launder the money.  Even better would be to have an accomplice to have all merchandise sent to their house.

If it was me I'd probably just pay the Coinstar fee and cash in the coins every week for cash.  I guess you have to admire his patience on counting and rolling all the coins himself.


I'm so cheap that I would still pick the 5-7 day free shipping.  Of course, the daily stream of deliveries would alleviate the anxiety about 'Whar's muh stuff?!?'
 
2013-08-17 01:44:22 PM  
NutWrench
You'd think that after stealing the first $1,000 or so, his next thought would have been, "what the fark am I going to do with all these quarters?"


Hire a trustworthy hobo to sell three for a dollar in front of laundromats.
 
2013-08-17 01:45:13 PM  
So, he stole $210,000 over eight years but now they are making half a million more per year?  Bad reporting, more thieves or both?

Also, every job I've had where I had to handle cash, there were not only people watching over my shoulder but systems in place to watch over all the human shoulders.  I've always assumed that most meter collectors simply aren't caught because they don't get greedy.
 
GBB
2013-08-17 01:45:49 PM  

jjorsett: It's called an AUDIT, people. Send a third party out to perform random checks on the meters, do collections, etc., and then compare the results to what your regular employees report or bring in. As my account dad told me, if you don't have checks in place, it's guaranteed that somebody will steal from you.


Cash handling 101, right there.  No one ever said geniuses get government jobs.
 
2013-08-17 01:54:24 PM  

DigitalCoffee: [...] he will be allowed to continue collecting his pension, according to the local station

I thought that only important people (like elected officials and CEOs) were able to do that after getting busted.


One word answer -- union.
 
2013-08-17 01:58:03 PM  

studebaker hoch: $210,000 tax-free for 2.5 years in prison is a good deal.



26 USC § 62 - Adjusted gross income defined No.....not tax free
 
2013-08-17 02:05:48 PM  
Half a million dollars a year subby? Really? I know, I know, deceptive headline = ct.fra.bz
 
2013-08-17 02:11:22 PM  
I am one who clink, clink, clinks when I walk.
 
2013-08-17 02:13:06 PM  

NutWrench: You'd think that after stealing the first $1,000 or so, his next thought would have been, "what the fark am I going to do with all these quarters?"



Good question.  That's like 3,000 quarters!  That would weigh a lot, 10 pounds, even.
 
2013-08-17 02:13:49 PM  
My favorite part about the "electronic" meters is that if you pull in right as someone else left, you get to pay for that spot twice.  This is especially annoying because we used to over pay the meters so that our neighbors could take the spot and not have to pay right away.  This encouraged our neighbors to be nice about sharing access to good spots.  That went away in a heart beat with the new meters, because the city started ticketing people that shared the payment receipts.  (it's illegal, or at least they say it is)

In San Mateo, parking revenue went up 42% with electronic meters.  Most of which came from the fact that most of the spots are being paid for twice in any given hour.  The rest because the meter maids get a digital map of which spots are paid and which aren't, so they don't just come running when you are parked in a spot that isn't paid.

I finished a conversation I was having after parking, and by the time I got out of my car, there was a 'parking enforcement' officer standing there writing a ticket.
 
2013-08-17 02:17:41 PM  

NutWrench: You'd think that after stealing the first $1,000 or so, his next thought would have been, "what the fark am I going to do with all these quarters?"


I would have sealed them in five gallon buckets and buried them in the back yard. Then when I retired I would start slowly cashing them in and spending the quarters. You can spend a lot of quarters if you give a few ten dollars rolls to the grocery store, gas station, movie theater, clothing store, etc. You could spend hundreds a month in quarter rolls. Keeping them inside his home, spending them right away or depositing them in his bank account were all stupid things to do. You never keep evidence at home.
 
2013-08-17 02:24:39 PM  

Rand's lacy underwear: Half a million dollars a year subby? Really? I know, I know, deceptive headline = [ct.fra.bz image 494x516]


Or you could read the article...

"The employees came under scrutiny in 2011 after Parking Commissioner Kevin Helfer noticed the city's new computerized pay stations were bringing in far more money than the old quarter-fed parking meters. 'What may have begun as a theft of nickels and dimes, in the end was the equivalent of a major bank heist,' U.S. Attorney William Hochul said. Since the arrests, the city's annual parking meter revenue has increased by more than $500,000, Helfer said."


Arrests would have happened mid-to-late 2011, and the data is not likely current to yesterday. so we're looking at over $500k in maybe a year and a half.
 
2013-08-17 02:31:11 PM  
The mechanical parking meter has been around for half a century.  It's only in the past few years that the digital ones have caught on.

I wonder how many meter mechanics did this for their entire careers, decades ago, and never got caught.
 
2013-08-17 02:35:55 PM  

LoneVVolf: Or you could read the article...


Ah ok, I see. I didn't read that part but I did read the other numbers. Now I'm just confused because those numbers don't add up.

So did other people (not arrested) get scared and stop stealing also? Or with all the honesty in the air did drivers start doing their part more than they used to?
 
2013-08-17 02:50:03 PM  

NutWrench: leevis: NutWrench: You'd think that after stealing the first $1,000 or so, his next thought would have been, "what the fark am I going to do with all these quarters?"

Take them to the bank during his lunch hour. Try reading the article.

I did. And I figured the bank would get mighty suspicious if I showed up with hundreds of dollars worth of quarters every week.
Especially if my job was repairing parking meters.


You think the average bank teller knows what customers do for a living? When I lived in Georgia I sometimes saw a person making deposits with sacks of coins. He ran a small petting zoo with a fountain people threw change into. At least that's what he told me when I asked about it, he might have been a parking meter repairman.
 
2013-08-17 02:57:12 PM  
The fix was in, eh?  Such a tool.
 
2013-08-17 03:06:01 PM  
I don't know about other places, but the coin-operated meters here in SF have the money in a canister. The collector never sees or touches the money. He takes his key to unlock the canister. He puts the canister into the mouth of the change vault that he hauls with him. He twists the canister to empty it and the coins fall into the vault. He has no way to access any of it and they will clearly show whether they've been tampered with.
 
2013-08-17 03:24:16 PM  

dericwater: I don't know about other places, but the coin-operated meters here in SF have the money in a canister. The collector never sees or touches the money. He takes his key to unlock the canister. He puts the canister into the mouth of the change vault that he hauls with him. He twists the canister to empty it and the coins fall into the vault. He has no way to access any of it and they will clearly show whether they've been tampered with.


Looks like somebody didn't bother to read TFA.
 
2013-08-17 03:34:03 PM  
spawn73:/I know USA doesn't have public transport,

lol wut?
 
2013-08-17 03:38:00 PM  
This stupid moron was stealing $26,000/year. The median household income for a family in Buffalo, NY is $24,500. How is it possible to be that dishonest? It blows my mind.

/I guess if you're in for a penny, you may as well be in for 5.25 tons.
 
2013-08-17 04:20:16 PM  

technoblogical: This stupid moron was stealing $26,000/year. The median household income for a family in Buffalo, NY is $24,500. How is it possible to be that dishonest? It blows my mind.

/I guess if you're in for a penny, you may as well be in for 5.25 tons.


Let's see  - $26000 / ~250 working days a year  - about $104 dollars a day. Wonder if he just did something like take one coin from each meter he collected from...
 
2013-08-17 04:41:56 PM  

Slives: technoblogical: This stupid moron was stealing $26,000/year. The median household income for a family in Buffalo, NY is $24,500. How is it possible to be that dishonest? It blows my mind.

/I guess if you're in for a penny, you may as well be in for 5.25 tons.

Let's see  - $26000 / ~250 working days a year  - about $104 dollars a day. Wonder if he just did something like take one coin from each meter he collected from...


No, in the article it says he was manually breaking them to prevent the money from falling into the collection canister of each one. He probably just always had three or four broken meters on his route.
 
2013-08-17 05:24:14 PM  

LargeCanine: spawn73:/I know USA doesn't have public transport,

lol wut?


I have to assume it doesn't, otherwise I can't understand what the dude was complaining about.

Take a farking bus and spare people from the nuisance of your car. That's the solution.

Cities would be so nicer if people didn't feel they had to drive small distances.
 
2013-08-17 05:51:49 PM  

dericwater: I don't know about other places, but the coin-operated meters here in SF have the money in a canister. The collector never sees or touches the money. He takes his key to unlock the canister. He puts the canister into the mouth of the change vault that he hauls with him. He twists the canister to empty it and the coins fall into the vault. He has no way to access any of it and they will clearly show whether they've been tampered with.


It wasn't always that way. Skimming off of the meters was an unfortunately common occurrence, that's why they changed it about ten years ago into a system that's almost skim-proof. They are going to credit\debit cards to make even more money. Soon there will be no more "Time left on the meter so hey free parking for the next guy" meters left. This also accounts for why the take jumped so much in this case even after excluding the theft that this guy was involved in. It would be much more surprising if it didn't jump, because the city certainly knew that the new meters would pay for themselves pretty quickly.

The main thing that I don't like about them however is that already criminals are making "Fake" meters that skim peoples credit card information.
 
2013-08-17 06:02:26 PM  

spawn73: LargeCanine: spawn73:/I know USA doesn't have public transport,

lol wut?

I have to assume it doesn't, otherwise I can't understand what the dude was complaining about.

Take a farking bus and spare people from the nuisance of your car. That's the solution.

Cities would be so nicer if people didn't feel they had to drive small distances.


Sometimes you have to if you're carrying a heavy or bulky load. I buy rice by the 50 lb bag full. There's no way that I'm lugging that onto a bus along with the other groceries that I buy, if I took multiple trips that's $4  (each trip) for a distance that spans 3 stops (the buses here have a fair amount of distance between stops) and I would still have to lug it another 8th of a mile or so. The other option is to "Borrow" a shopping cart, which is kind of frowned upon. I do walk it when I know that I'm only going to be getting a plastic grocery bag or two worth though.
 
2013-08-17 06:20:31 PM  

thefonz37: [media.avclub.com image 627x352]



24.media.tumblr.com
 Watched this episode and the American Dad one.  Didn't look at air dates so does this fall under the "Simpson's did it" category?
 
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