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Topic: Why should we pay parking tickets?
Message: Posted by: tommy (Jul 5, 2012 11:30AM)
That is the question.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Jul 5, 2012 11:50AM)
So our cars don't get towed away.
Message: Posted by: Jeff J. (Jul 5, 2012 11:58AM)
Cities need revenue, and parking tickets are a good source of revenue.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Jul 5, 2012 12:04PM)
Cities need available parking, too; the possibility of fines, and having to pay to use the available parking helps keep spots open. Your mileage may vary on this, but I'm in Southern California.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jul 5, 2012 12:13PM)
Who are you strange race of people with available parking spots?
Message: Posted by: Jeff J. (Jul 5, 2012 12:31PM)
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On 2012-07-05 13:04, LobowolfXXX wrote:
Cities need available parking, too; the possibility of fines, and having to pay to use the available parking helps keep spots open. Your mileage may vary on this, but I'm in Southern California.
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I live in a small town in CT. We have plenty of parking. It's the extra money our town can use.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Jul 5, 2012 01:09PM)
Right, so pay this one :)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18725937
Message: Posted by: Jeff J. (Jul 5, 2012 01:11PM)
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On 2012-07-05 14:09, tommy wrote:
Right, so pay this one :)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18725937
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I don't even pay my own tickets! :)
Message: Posted by: TonyB2009 (Jul 5, 2012 05:01PM)
We shouldn't pay them. Every city needs a certain amount of free parking to drive traffic to the shops and businesses in the centre. Remove free parking and business migrates to the malls in the suburbs.

I don't pay parking fines. I let them build up. Eventually the city sends a cop to my door, and I send him away. Once every couple of years I will show up at the prison, and do my time - normally about four or five hours. Then the cycle begins over again.

If there is limited parking that is one thing. But most cities use parking as a revenue stream - and there are more honest ways of a city to raise funds.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jul 5, 2012 05:51PM)
What gets me is that on my block there are signs "No parking Thursday 11:30-1PM." This is supposedly so that the street sweeping trucks can come by and clean. Inevitably however they come by and sweep at 5:30 AM, and are nowhere to be seen at the scheduled time.
Message: Posted by: Ray Tupper. (Jul 5, 2012 06:04PM)
[quote]
On 2012-07-05 14:09, tommy wrote:
Right, so pay this one :)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18725937
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Oooh,right in the taters.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jul 5, 2012 09:06PM)
Oh yeah, well take that:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/24/uk-un-fines-newyork-idUSLNE78N00D20110924
Message: Posted by: acesover (Jul 5, 2012 09:10PM)
I thought the reason we paid parking tickets was beause the penalty kept getting bigger and bigger for non payment until you owed 10 bazillion dollars and your first born if not paid on time. :)
Message: Posted by: tommy (Jul 5, 2012 09:52PM)
I am thinking of turning my place into an Embassy, a Chancery.. I am on a diplomatic mission.
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Jul 5, 2012 10:36PM)
Pay them. You do NOT want to get caught up in the maws of Justice.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Jul 6, 2012 10:59AM)
Where I live you will eventually get arrested for not paying your parking tickets. That happened to a friend of mine who spent the ride in the cop car removing and replacing the handcuffs just for fun.

I hate the people that write tickets seemingly just to write them. Most parking should be free, it is good for business. I have no respect for someone who blocks a driveway or a fire hydrant, or parks in a handicapped spot without permit. These are the ones to be ticketed.

Always a good laugh to take your parking ticket and stick it on someone else's car. Works great if the cop had poor handwriting. I hate the new computerized system. It is not possible to fake it with that one.

Going back quite a few years, a group of thieves in a van with no identification on it, spent the evening cleaning out the change machines in a series of 6 parking structures near here. Six structures, five floors each, two change machines per floor... They fed xeroxed counterfit $5 bills into the machines. Today that would no longer work, the machines can read the bill much better and look for specific markers on the bill itself. Lots of people had a good laugh though as that city has a repution of giving you less than two minutes at an expired meter before you get ticketed. The thieves did a lot of work for a high risk job with low yield return. They made off with about $2000 or so. Most people thought it was about revenge and not about money.
Message: Posted by: gdw (Jul 6, 2012 02:49PM)
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On 2012-07-06 11:59, Cliffg37 wrote:
. . . Most parking should be free, it is good for business. . .

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Then let's let the businesses control their parking. That is, the parking out front of their business. Let private hands handle it. Note, that's a HUGE difference than "privatizing" it, where the governmetn just grants a privat company a monopoly on parking. Do not get those two confused.
Message: Posted by: Tom Jorgenson (Jul 6, 2012 03:22PM)
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On 2012-07-06 15:49, gdw wrote:
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On 2012-07-06 11:59, Cliffg37 wrote:
. . . Most parking should be free, it is good for business. . .

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Then let's let the businesses control their parking. That is, the parking out front of their business. Let private hands handle it. Note, that's a HUGE difference than "privatizing" it, where the governmetn just grants a privat company a monopoly on parking. Do not get those two confused.
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That would work for about two days. Then the Store Wars would start in a hundred different ways. 'Your customers are parking in my customers' spaces and mine have no place to park except Fred's spaces and he's already pi$$ed at me...' etc etc etc.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Jul 6, 2012 03:23PM)
Private hands handle the government and their is a word for it that starts with f.
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Jul 6, 2012 03:38PM)
Are there parking problems in Somalia?

:eek:
Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Jul 6, 2012 05:43PM)
You shouldn't pay them Tommy. Explain that you are a Soveran Citizen, if they arrest you, you can sue for millions of dollars.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hilly (Jul 6, 2012 05:46PM)
Used to park a lot as a teenager. Had to pay for that too, in one way or another.

;)
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Jul 6, 2012 06:01PM)
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On 2012-07-06 18:43, ringmaster wrote:
You shouldn't pay them Tommy. Explain that you are a Soveran Citizen, if they arrest you, you can sue for millions of dollars.
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Heh heh.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Jul 6, 2012 07:04PM)
It's a good little business owning a car park. I know a fellow who owns a couple of small ones and once a week he just goes and empties the machines.
Message: Posted by: LobowolfXXX (Jul 6, 2012 07:07PM)
No cost of goods sold, no shipping, no customs, minimal labor costs. Not a bad business at all.
Message: Posted by: Chessmann (Jul 6, 2012 07:39PM)
Why?

So when you get pulled over later, and then immediately arrested and taken to jail, you won't have to have the guy for whom you're later acting as Best Man for have to write a check to bail you out of jail so you can attend the rehearsal dinner, that's why!

That happened to my best man the morning of my rehearsal dinner. He didn't pay his tickets... :)
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Jul 6, 2012 08:45PM)
PLAY BY THE RULES.
Message: Posted by: tommy (Jul 6, 2012 09:21PM)
Them that have the gold make the rules