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2014-03-25 04:14:39 AM

brimed03: Pokey.Clyde: brimed03: "Crippy boy" is the sort of old-fashioned phrase a stereotypical bigot would use, hence my caricature of an old bigot paired with the hope that you were actually just trolling. But since you seem pretty ignorant of the fact that terms like "crippy" and "boy" (as a derogative) went out of use somewhere around 1969, I'll have to resign myself to the fact that ignorant slobs, too, can sometimes be found right here in the comment sections of Fark.

Keep calling me names and talking down to me. It sure does a hell of a lot to make you look good. And as for "crippy boy", the first time I ever heard that term was while watching Clerks 2.

/and I think you need to look up the definition of sarcasm

I really can't tell if you're trolling or just dense! You call mikey "cripple boy" and then take offense at the perception that I'm calling you names. So let me add another: clueless.

/"looking down ON" you, not "looking down TO" you.
//my definitions, like my grammar, are just fine thanks


But your eyes apparently aren't fine, as I said "talking down to me", not "looking down on/to me".

/pedantic, I can be that too
 
2014-03-25 04:30:15 AM
"Officer Tommy King, with the Baytown Police Department, patrols the apartment complex and keeps the criminals away."

So without his presence, the place would be overrun with criminals?  What happens when he goes off duty?
 
2014-03-25 05:02:32 AM

Crid: "Officer Tommy King, with the Baytown Police Department, patrols the apartment complex and keeps the criminals away."

So without his presence, the place would be overrun with criminals?  What happens when he goes off duty?


It's always a good gag for apartment complexes.  People feel safer living near cops, unless they're dealing or manufacturing (or growing) drugs.

At one time I had 2 cops and a ex-cop living very close to me.The active cops drove their patrol cars home.  The ex-cop drove a de-commissioned Caprice Classic that was obviously a cop car.  One of my friends came over one evening and saw their cars and asked what was with all the cops.  Nothing, they're my neighbors.

Seriously, who the hell is stupid enough to burglarize a place with cops cars parked around the neighborhood....oh, this is Fark.  I guess it would be someone you would read about here.

ProTip:  If the cops in your apartment complex do anything more than just park their cars and live there, you probably should find a better neighborhood.

I do NOT want to live where cops are needed, but I don't mind having them as neighbors.
 
2014-03-25 05:17:49 AM
The smaller the annoyance, the louder people will argue about it, apparently. Who cares?

I wish more cities would implement back-in angled parking, but then people would just cross the street to park head-in; that's well researched as being safer on heavily traveled roads. Countering habits is nearly impossible, in both the public and traffic engineers.
 
2014-03-25 05:18:08 AM

gfid: At one time I had 2 cops and a ex-cop living very close to me.The active cops drove their patrol cars home.  The ex-cop drove a de-commissioned Caprice Classic that was obviously a cop car.  One of my friends came over one evening and saw their cars and asked what was with all the cops.  Nothing, they're my neighbors.


If the cop in TFA lives there, he still shouldn't have parked his car in a fire lane.
 
2014-03-25 06:09:47 AM
The apartment complex requires all residents to pull "head first" into spots when parking

I never understood this rule. What farking difference does it make?
 
2014-03-25 06:34:58 AM

debug: See, if you actually learn how to drive, you won't have to back in to parking spaces to be able to get out of them without causing an accident.


If you can back into a space, then you can back out of a space.  It's not people not knowing how to drive, especially since backing in is more likely more difficult (less maneuvering room).  The difference is, some of us prefer having the wider range of vision pulling out forwards.  When you pull out backwards, it doesn't matter how good of a driver you are, you aren't going to stop in time if some bicycle comes whizzing by extremely close... not that there is a real chance of that happening, and hopefully you'd be going slow enough backward to prevent injury anyway.
 
2014-03-25 07:43:55 AM

Crid: gfid: At one time I had 2 cops and a ex-cop living very close to me.The active cops drove their patrol cars home.  The ex-cop drove a de-commissioned Caprice Classic that was obviously a cop car.  One of my friends came over one evening and saw their cars and asked what was with all the cops.  Nothing, they're my neighbors.

If the cop in TFA lives there, he still shouldn't have parked his car in a fire lane.


I don't disagree with that at all.  All of my neighbors who have been cops park in valid parking spaces.  Like I said, they just live there.  They come home from work and park their cars and go inside their homes just like everyone else.

They don't patrol the place.

I once went to the grocery store ad there was a cop car with the keys in it pulled up right on the curb in front.  The cop was responding to a call.  That's a perfectly valid reason for parking that way, but part of me had this urge to jump in his car and drive off.  Good sense prevailed though and I left his car alone.

I still think this story was made up though.  I'd love to know who called the press or if the press organized the whole setup.  They never seem to mention that in these "news" stories.

I remember a local news affiliate doing a story about cops violating laws like this though.  They went around the city looking for shiat.  I don't recall all the examples, but I'm sure there were cases of cops using their lights to run red lights and such.

The one example I do remember was them catching a cop in a handicapped space at a convenience store.  Instead of admitting wrongdoing, the cops blasted back and said it wasn't a valid handicapped space, because even though the pavement was clearly marked,they claimed there was no sign indicating it was a handicapped space, so it wasn't valid.

WTF?

That's some fine evasion there, Officer Lou.  I can only imagine how that would fly if I got ticketed for parking in a handicapped space and tried to use that as a defense in court.  I can only imagine because I don't park in handicapped spaces (or fire zones) even if they haven't fulfilled every little detail of setting up a handicapped space.
 
2014-03-25 08:08:10 AM

ArcadianRefugee: "Turns out we're both from Alabama," said [Officer] King. "And we ended up in Texas. We talked and now I have a new friend."

An adult has a 14yo girl as a "friend".

[blurbrain.com image 352x707]
/great part is, he can arrest himself


He gets a pass. He's a former pastor.
 
2014-03-25 08:55:22 AM

debug: My all time favorite are the people who either pull through or back into a space at a grocery store. I like to park as close to the back of their car as I can so they can't open the tailgate or trunk.


I don't care for people who insist on backing in either. You're just a dick, though.
 
2014-03-25 09:32:18 AM
I'm guessing white cop, white kid.
 
2014-03-25 10:15:22 AM
Could they have taken a worse photo?

i.imgur.com
Are they using a digital camera from 1993?
 
2014-03-25 10:54:07 AM

Stoker: 99sportster: Stoker: 99sportster: Stoker:

It's for the cops. So they can drive through and check your plates... so they can give you a ticket.
I bet her name went into his special black book. "I'll see you later."

This is in Texas.  We have plates on the back AND front.

Nice try, though.

Can I spin again?
I bet the front plate doesn't have the expiration date on it like the back does.

Actually, your plate's expiration date is on your windshield right with your inspection sticker.  No sticker on the plate at all.  Front or back.

Strike two.  Try again.

Dagnabbit. And I bet the sticker is on the front windshield.
So for my final effort...

So the cops can see how many rifles are in the window gun rack?


Ok... NOW you may be on to something.  But it's Texas, so they'd probably get tired of counting (or can't count that high in the first place).
 
2014-03-25 12:41:40 PM
Wow... 4 hours before anyone made an unwarranted attack on Alabama.  I guess all the anti-backing-in wharrgarbl threw off the dynamic.

It's a cute little story, and it's nice to see the cop not only had a sense of humor about it, but he took the time to get to know a bit about the girl and her family.

For the record, police, fire and rescue personnel are trained very early in their careers to always back into perpendicular parking spaces.  It gives them the ability to completely evaluate the situation as they enter the area and then back in when safe.  It means they can pull directly out when there is an emergency call when seconds can actually matter.  It prevents them from getting into situations where they cannot see around taller vehicles as they leave the parking space.  They aren't the only ones.  If phone company trucks have to be parked in a perpendicular spot, they are typically instructed to back in as well.

Is it a crime for civilians to do it? Not usually. In the case of parking on a campus or in a complex where parking decals are required, I can see the reason for the "no backing in" rule, but I would imagine cop who live in those situations would still back in. As a former firelighter, I frequently still do it out of habit.
 
2014-03-25 01:10:07 PM

debug: Pokey.Clyde: TuteTibiImperes: Why would an apartment complex have a rule that you have to park 'head first'?  If I can I always prefer to back in to parking spaces, it makes it much safer when pulling out.

And this is a load of crap. Unless you don't know how to turn your head and back out slowly, there is little to no difference when it comes to pulling out. Plus, everyone has to wait around on the asshole backing in to get out of the damn way when they're pulling in.

Exactly.  It's always faster to pull in and back out.  If you can't look around to see if anything's coming, you shouldn't be driving to begin with.  If your view is blocked while backing out, it's going to be blocked while pulling out as well.


Y'know, I have the strangest boner after this discussion...

/Pulling out is never a good option guys.
 
2014-03-25 02:18:47 PM
That cop is totally tappin that chick...
 
2014-03-25 02:20:36 PM
www.streetsblog.org
 
2014-03-25 03:19:45 PM
That argument was so dumb.  Everyone knows that you always back into a parallel parking spot (unless you have a ton of space and are feeling lazy).   This has to do with having only the front wheels turn (so you pivot on the back wheels).   For a perpendicular parking I don't think it really matters one way or another.
 
2014-03-25 04:13:48 PM

steve42: Wow... 4 hours before anyone made an unwarranted attack on Alabama.  I guess all the anti-backing-in wharrgarbl threw off the dynamic.


I hope you're not referring to my comment, which I was just kidding about and admitted it was mean in the same post.  I actually have nothing against Alabamans.  It was a bad joke.  

It's a cute little story, and it's nice to see the cop not only had a sense of humor about it, but he took the time to get to know a bit about the girl and her family.

It would be cute if I believed it.  I just don't.  I think I'm going to contact the reporter and ask who let them know about this story and ask if she didn't make it all up herself and arrange for a cop and his niece to play-act like it really happened.

For the record, police, fire and rescue personnel are trained very early in their careers to always back into perpendicular parking spaces.  It gives them the ability to completely evaluate the situation as they enter the area and then back in when safe.  It means they can pull directly out when there is an emergency call when seconds can actually matter.  It prevents them from getting into situations where they cannot see around taller vehicles as they leave the parking space.  They aren't the only ones.  If phone company trucks have to be parked in a perpendicular spot, they are typically instructed to back in as well.

That explains why Sheriff Joke drove head into a parking space at a grocery store a few years back in his cop car and jammed the accelerator instead of the brake and then refused sobriety tests and blamed the car.

Is it a crime for civilians to do it? Not usually. In the case of parking on a campus or in a complex where parking decals are required, I can see the reason for the "no backing in" rule, but I would imagine cop who live in those situations would still back in. As a former firelighter, I frequently still do it out of habit.

Of course it's not a farking crime unless there's a specific city ordinance against it.    Even if there were an ordinance against it, it would probably be a civil infraction, much like speeding or illegal parking.  Oh, wait.  It would be illegal parking.  You might get a ticket for that, but most cities don't even care.
 
2014-03-25 04:18:21 PM

Necronic: That argument was so dumb.  Everyone knows that you always back into a parallel parking spot (unless you have a ton of space and are feeling lazy).   This has to do with having only the front wheels turn (so you pivot on the back wheels).   For a perpendicular parking I don't think it really matters one way or another.


No one was talking about parallel parking. The article and the ensuing Farkus was all about backing into perpendicular parking spaces.
 
2014-03-25 05:20:26 PM

chaosweaver: In response to the back in v.pull in debate, I propose a third option, and my personal favorite: pull through. All the speed of pulling in combined with the quick egress of backing in.


Yes, winner. Pull through whenever possible.

When not possible I generally pull in unless I want to be able to get out quickly. For example in the park-and-ride lot: I drive out of the lot with everyone on my bus so I back in most of the time so I can escape from the lot quicker.

Evacuation is an interesting point - I'd never thought of that before. Limited applicability though. In many scenarios if a building is on fire, people should not be trying to get their cars out of the lot. They should be running away on foot and getting clear.
 
2014-03-25 05:22:23 PM

steve42: Necronic: That argument was so dumb.  Everyone knows that you always back into a parallel parking spot (unless you have a ton of space and are feeling lazy).   This has to do with having only the front wheels turn (so you pivot on the back wheels).   For a perpendicular parking I don't think it really matters one way or another.

No one was talking about parallel parking. The article and the ensuing Farkus was all about backing into perpendicular parking spaces.


I was talking about the argument in Seinfeld pictured directly above my comment.
 
2014-03-25 05:56:26 PM
Pokey.Clyde:  But your eyes apparently aren't fine, as I said "talking down to me"

Actually, you didn't.  What you said was: talking down on me

/pedantic, I can be that too


Apparently not.
 
2014-03-25 07:04:04 PM

brimed03: Actually, you didn't.  What you said was: talking down on me


He said "talking down to me", not any of the random gibberish you keep claiming he said.

I'm not trying to defend the guy, but you're not exactly going to win any arguments by going full potato.
 
2014-03-25 07:48:11 PM
They were probably too busy hitting on her to taze her.
 
2014-03-25 08:36:41 PM

mgshamster: I agree. Unfortunately, when you are constantly dealing with the worst of society, it can be easy to forget that.


Not a valid excuse.  And certainly not something that should be tolerated to be said aloud.  "Dealing with the worst of society" is an obvious part of the job.  If an officer cannot tolerate that aspect, cannot learn to adapt or find constructive ways to handle it, then they should not be cops.

A jaded cop is a dangerous cop.
 
2014-03-25 10:34:39 PM

Frederick: mgshamster: I agree. Unfortunately, when you are constantly dealing with the worst of society, it can be easy to forget that.

Not a valid excuse.  And certainly not something that should be tolerated to be said aloud.  "Dealing with the worst of society" is an obvious part of the job.  If an officer cannot tolerate that aspect, cannot learn to adapt or find constructive ways to handle it, then they should not be cops.


I don't think anyone believes that it is a valid excuse. What it is is the reality of the situation.  That's why I think regular counseling and reminders need to be a part of a police department.

A jaded cop is a dangerous cop.

Agreed.
 
2014-03-26 04:20:19 AM
AHA!

I have the original source:    http://baytownsun.com/local/article_af5cf0a0-b09f-11e3-ad59-0019bb296 3 f4.html?mode=jqm

Why the hell don't people link to original sources?

Get this:

King began parking his police car in the front of the complex after the apartment manager asked him to as a crime deterrent. According to King, parking on a red curb isn't illegal because it doesn't say fire zone.

Yeah, that's more like it.  Cops making up excuses for their flagrant violation of the law.  Is the curb painted red?  Yes?  End of farking story, copper.

The cop allegedly posted it to facebook and has a friend who is a Toys-R-Us manager.

The teen said she was just joking about the fine.  Yeah, joke while you can.  In a few years, that will be a tazing.
 
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