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(Des Moines Register)   A neighborhood in Brooklyn is being infested by what? A) Rats B) Hipsters C) Cars with Iowa license plates "They are a real plague"   (desmoinesregister.com) divider line 53
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2013-08-29 03:06:31 PM  
Sounds like someone is trying avoid new york state taxes or fees or license points or some NYS/ NYC law.  Register their car in Iowa, but live in New York.  Are their limits to how many vehicles a NYC business can own and park in the city?
 
2013-08-29 03:17:27 PM  
The linked article eliminates the mystery.
 
2013-08-29 03:25:16 PM  

TheHighlandHowler: The linked article eliminates the mystery.


Darn.  I was sure B was causing C somehow.  Like it's cool to have stodgy state plates or something.
 
2013-08-29 03:27:47 PM  
The cars with mostly Linn and Polk county plates could have a legitimate use, but they could also be part of criminal scheme, said Major Paul Steier with the Office of Motor Vehicle Enforcement.

Well, don't go out on a goddamn limb there Major Obvious.
 
2013-08-29 03:34:09 PM  
Oh, the horror.
 
2013-08-29 03:38:10 PM  

Diogenes: TheHighlandHowler: The linked article eliminates the mystery.

Darn.  I was sure B was causing C somehow.  Like it's cool to have stodgy state plates or something.


Either that or we find out that Iowa is the location where most Hipsters come from.
 
2013-08-29 03:38:34 PM  
Lots of out of state tags in VA from people trying to avoid the Personal Property Tax.  The DMV used to offer snitches money for turning in their neighbors.  Don't know if they still do that or not.
 
2013-08-29 03:39:58 PM  
Hint: Not all those people in Massachusetts just moved from New Hampshire.
 
2013-08-29 03:40:13 PM  

DarkSoulNoHope: Diogenes: TheHighlandHowler: The linked article eliminates the mystery.

Darn.  I was sure B was causing C somehow.  Like it's cool to have stodgy state plates or something.

Either that or we find out that Iowa is the location where most Hipsters come from.


/It would make the Redneck clothing that many Hipsters wear (plaid shirts, trucker hats, boots, jeans) finally make a small semblance of sense
 
2013-08-29 03:41:13 PM  
I thought North Carolina was the state NYC people used to commit vehicle registration fraud. Did NC close their loophole or is that still a thing?
 
2013-08-29 03:42:52 PM  
buncha midwestern trustafarians enjoying their "funemployment" while they drink cruelty-free $8 americanos and update their tumblrs on their macbook airs.
 
2013-08-29 03:42:55 PM  
This is relevant to my inherent Midwestern sense of thrift.
 
2013-08-29 03:43:28 PM  
Siegal believes the problem cars are owned by a car rental business using names including 25 Dollar Car Rental, Elite Car & Truck Rental, Rent 4 Less, 123 Go Rent A Car and Econo Rentals, the letter states. A business named 25 Dollar Car Rental.Com LLC is registered with the New York State Department of State as having a Brooklyn address.

Out of state plates or not, having a car rental business taking up residential parking spots might be a big problem.

\Not sure about how that neighborhood is zoned so say the above carefully.
 
2013-08-29 03:43:33 PM  
My girlfriend still registers her car out of Florida, because it wont pass a Maryland inspection.
 
2013-08-29 03:43:53 PM  
A corn stalk grows in Brooklyn?

"Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn New York.  Especially in the summer of 1912 2013.  Somber as a word was better."
 
2013-08-29 03:45:06 PM  
Those people really need to mind their farking business!
 
2013-08-29 03:46:37 PM  
Iowa == Idiots Out Wandering Around.


/has no real contribution to the thread
 
2013-08-29 03:46:41 PM  
I had a bi-statal friend who had a part-time home in CA.  She kept a car at the CA house registered in CA, CA address on the insurance.  One day a local porker pulled her over for not using her turn signal and said she needed to get a CA driver's license if she's staying in the state for more than 10 days.  So, every time she came to the CA house, she was supposed to apply for a license, cancel her license in the other state, then reverse the process when she went home.  And her CA car was a very distinctive classic car so she couldn't slip under the radar.  "We know your car.  If we see you driving it, we'll pull you over."

Farking pigs.  Guess who sold her CA home and no longer pays CA property tax, vehicle registration, etc.
 
2013-08-29 03:49:08 PM  
That area of Brooklyn is surrounded by some very sketchy neighborhoods.  Their insurance rates must be astronomical.

I live in a neighborhood that used to have the highest murder rate in NYC until very recently.  If I ever decide to get a driver's license, I'll probably use my rich sister's address in a very affluent town in CT.
 
2013-08-29 03:49:10 PM  
DarkSoulNoHope:

Either that or we find out that Iowa is the location where most Hipsters come from.

Many do. There are bars that have "Ohio Nights" and other useless nonsense.

The influx of cul-de-sac kidults from Pennsltuckconsin is what destroyed brooklyn.
 
2013-08-29 03:49:38 PM  
As someone with Iowa plates, I'm getting a kick....
 
2013-08-29 03:50:16 PM  
IT'S A RENTAL!!

encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com

wonder if they took the full coverage?
 
2013-08-29 03:50:43 PM  
****reads article****   Darn.  I was hoping it would be "all of the above."  The idea of Brooklyn streets full of Iowa-plated cars infested with rats and hipsters sounded kind of amusing.
 
2013-08-29 03:51:31 PM  
I was hoping for a green parrot update.
 
2013-08-29 03:52:18 PM  
NY just needs to do like Omaha does to collect their extreme registration fees. The cops cruse apartment complexes and record out of state plates. Then return a few weeks later & ticket any that have not switched to NE plates. Because if NE has nothing else it's high taxes and fees. And Omaha adds $50.00 wheel tax to that. Greedy jerks.

// OK that last thought can be applied to any government representative .
 
2013-08-29 03:52:48 PM  
They should just be glad that they aren't New Jersey plates. That nasty shade of yellow always makes me flash back to some of the worst drivers i have ever encountered on the road.
 
2013-08-29 03:55:21 PM  
One lead being investigated by Iowa officials is the possibility the rental cars have been registered in Iowa in an effort to secure lower insurance rates

Since this story is about NYC and rental cars, I'll just post this..

nicoleburley.com

I'm going to beat the hell out that thing.
 
2013-08-29 03:55:55 PM  
Nope, it's just all of the 0bamabots that helped sway Iowa elections, having out-lived their "useful idiocy", and are returning to their parent's basement in NY.

It's happening in Watfington State as well.

I've had several (5) renters break their lease because of this. Nice that NY state allows me to go after them in their courts. Virginia, not so much. All I can do is put liens against them.
 
2013-08-29 03:57:13 PM  
I'm still amazed by the number of Alaska plated cars I see around my area of St. Louis. I don't live far from Washington University so I'm use to all the students from the east coast. However I see all sorts of different cars with Alaska plates driving around. Nice ones too: not junkers trying to get around safety/smog inspections.

Can anyone fill a Farker in on what could be going on?
 
2013-08-29 04:05:49 PM  
Absolutely has to be (B).
 
2013-08-29 04:10:31 PM  

Slam1263: Nope, it's just all of the 0bamabots that helped sway Iowa elections, having out-lived their "useful idiocy", and are returning to their parent's basement in NY.

It's happening in Watfington State as well.

I've had several (5) renters break their lease because of this. Nice that NY state allows me to go after them in their courts. Virginia, not so much. All I can do is put liens against them.


I picture you to look exactly like Carl from Aqua Teen Hungerforce.
 
2013-08-29 04:10:57 PM  
Same reason there are a ton in California with Nevada and Oregon plates.
 
2013-08-29 04:13:51 PM  
b.vimeocdn.com

you know who else lives in brooklyn but comes from iowa?
 
2013-08-29 04:17:45 PM  

ShamanGator: NY just needs to do like Omaha does to collect their extreme registration fees. The cops cruse apartment complexes and record out of state plates. Then return a few weeks later & ticket any that have not switched to NE plates. Because if NE has nothing else it's high taxes and fees. And Omaha adds $50.00 wheel tax to that. Greedy jerks.

// OK that last thought can be applied to any government representative .


Lived in Omaha for about 2 years, with Kansas plates. No one gave me problems.
 
2013-08-29 04:32:37 PM  
Yeah, but if you are some rich old white dude with a yacht, it's registered In DE, and LEOs don't care.
Poor people's problems.
 
2013-08-29 04:42:51 PM  

cheap_thoughts: Lived in Omaha for about 2 years, with Kansas plates. No one gave me problems.


That is because Omaha is where Kansans go for a day trip when they get bored with Lawrence and Kansas City.
 
2013-08-29 04:49:42 PM  

mjohnson71: I'm still amazed by the number of Alaska plated cars I see around my area of St. Louis. I don't live far from Washington University so I'm use to all the students from the east coast. However I see all sorts of different cars with Alaska plates driving around. Nice ones too: not junkers trying to get around safety/smog inspections.

Can anyone fill a Farker in on what could be going on?


Alaska pays all citizens $$$ every year from oil revenue.
Anybody in the military who's been stationed in Alaska keeps Alaskan residency for as long as they possibly can.
Lots of AF people in the St. Louis area.

ta-da!!
 
2013-08-29 05:04:25 PM  

debug: Lots of out of state tags in VA from people trying to avoid the Personal Property Tax.  The DMV used to offer snitches money for turning in their neighbors.  Don't know if they still do that or not.


Odd a number of years ago a guy from VA kept his car registered in VA even though he was living in CA and had been for the past 10+ years.
 
2013-08-29 05:07:01 PM  

mjohnson71: I'm still amazed by the number of Alaska plated cars I see around my area of St. Louis. I don't live far from Washington University so I'm use to all the students from the east coast. However I see all sorts of different cars with Alaska plates driving around. Nice ones too: not junkers trying to get around safety/smog inspections.

Can anyone fill a Farker in on what could be going on?


Near any Coast Guard stuff?
 
2013-08-29 05:13:11 PM  

FlashHarry: [b.vimeocdn.com image 640x335]

You know who else lives in Brooklyn but comes from Iowa?


Captain Kirk? No wait, he comes from Iowa but works in outer space.

I have no clue who those gentlemen are with their model ship. Are the the McSweeney's guys? Was the picture taken by a time traveler, so they're not actually hipsters from now but surprisingly clean for the Victorian Era?

They're selling... handmade paper? Is it a front for an opium den? I'm so confused.

/Mass RMV still has its snitch line: $50 if you find a violator
//man, I hated paying annual excise tax on a rust bucket
///California, in contrast, charges a very high registration and renewal
 
2013-08-29 05:31:44 PM  

pseydtonne: I have no clue who those gentlemen are with their model ship. Are the the McSweeney's guys? Was the picture taken by a time traveler, so they're not actually hipsters from now but surprisingly clean for the Victorian Era?

They're selling... handmade paper? Is it a front for an opium den? I'm so confused.


they're the mast brothers. they make organic, cruelty-free, fair trade chocolate that you can eat for about $40 a bar. or something.
 
Ral
2013-08-29 06:12:02 PM  
My first thought was that some idiot Enterprise/National manager was using Brooklyn as an overflow lot.

/works for Enterprise
//sees a lot of Iowa plates in California
 
2013-08-29 06:35:53 PM  

TheHighlandHowler: The linked article eliminates the mystery.


Yep. Fraud, plain and simple, by a couple of businesses looking to keep their costs low.
 
2013-08-29 06:42:24 PM  
registering a car in iowa is cheap and we don't require inspections

hell, buddy of mine drove 'round missouri for years and years with iowa plates 'cause fark you, misery, that's why.
 
2013-08-29 07:26:04 PM  

organizmx: I picture you to look exactly like Carl from Aqua Teen Hungerforce.


He's the tall, handsome, Nubian one, right?

I'm right, huh?
 
2013-08-29 10:00:40 PM  
/Mass RMV still has its snitch line: $50 if you find a violator


I would love a snitch line.  I could probably quit my day job going around and turning people in.

On another note, I have never ever rented a car in NYC that had NY plates.  The last 3 were MI, PA and MD respectively.
 
2013-08-29 10:32:56 PM  

JDJoeE: mjohnson71: I'm still amazed by the number of Alaska plated cars I see around my area of St. Louis. I don't live far from Washington University so I'm use to all the students from the east coast. However I see all sorts of different cars with Alaska plates driving around. Nice ones too: not junkers trying to get around safety/smog inspections.

Can anyone fill a Farker in on what could be going on?

Near any Coast Guard stuff?


Very little. There's a small Coastie presence for the Mississippi River, but nothing significant at all.

FrancoFile: Alaska pays all citizens $$$ every year from oil revenue.
Anybody in the military who's been stationed in Alaska keeps Alaskan residency for as long as they possibly can.
Lots of AF people in the St. Louis area.


Not really in this area. Any AF people would be over at Scott AFB to the east of Belleville, which is about 20 or so miles away.
 
2013-08-29 10:58:22 PM  
static.tvtropes.org
 
2013-08-29 11:10:41 PM  
And in some odd twist, the last car I rented in Iowa (at CID) had IL plates, and IL has some crazy registration fees compared to IA. Every one on the lot had IL tags on it. Weird.
 
2013-08-30 12:28:27 AM  

FlashHarry: pseydtonne: I have no clue who those gentlemen are with their model ship. Are the the McSweeney's guys? Was the picture taken by a time traveler, so they're not actually hipsters from now but surprisingly clean for the Victorian Era?

They're selling... handmade paper? Is it a front for an opium den? I'm so confused.

they're the mast brothers. they make organic, cruelty-free, fair trade chocolate that you can eat for about $40 a bar. or something.


Looked at Google Maps location on their website on Street View (facing towards the corner of 3rd and Berry in Brooklyn). Interestingly enough some hipster kids decided to throw their chuck taylors laced together onto a telephone (or cable tv) line overhead ala the movie Wag The Dog. Is there anything that Hipsters *don't copy* that's old and somewhat forgotten?!?

/Mast brothers sound like egotistical douches for pricing their candy bars at $40 per
 
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