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  • If only the Philadelphia parking authority would do something like this. I once got a ticket while I still had time and the meter maid said "well I already typed it, you'll have to fight it". They also don't care if the meter doesn't work. Plus the tickets are like $80 if you wait more than 15 days to pay. I really dislike this system of for-profit law.
  • IamPatSajak: I once got a ticket while I still had time and the meter maid said "well I already typed it, you'll have to fight it".


    I hope you fought one of the two.
  • PARKAtlanta has a really bad reputation. And while I personally have never had to deal with them, it sounds deserved. I've heard more than one war story about people receiving tickets as they were getting out of the car to put money in the meter.

    A couple months ago somebody expressed their displeasure by filling a bunch of the meters with industrial glue.

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  • Someone once had a better solution to parking meter problems...
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  • IamPatSajak: I really dislike this system of for-profit law.


    Me too. It forces law enforcement officers to become predators.

    I also dislike Atlanta. That place is a giant covert race war.
  • Citations may not be issued... Where meters are non-functioning.

    No, when the meter is nonfunctional you blow up the car to remind the driver not to break the meter next time. Unless Atlanta isn't one of the places where meters are broken deliberately to get free parking.
  • I'd be further upset about a city councilman named "Kwanza"

    ZAZ: Citations may not be issued... Where meters are non-functioning.

    No, when the meter is nonfunctional you blow up the car to remind the driver not to break the meter next time. Unless Atlanta isn't one of the places where meters are broken deliberately to get free parking.


    You are the law?
  • Meter maids eat their young.
    /had too
  • sodomizer: I also dislike Atlanta. That place is a giant covert race war.


    I just marched in the Gay Pride parade a couple weeks ago. Everyone seemed to be getting along pretty well, despite any racial differences.

    A couple of those gentlemen were REALLY happy to be around each other.
  • ArkAngel: I'd be further upset about a city councilman named "Kwanza"

    ZAZ: Citations may not be issued... Where meters are non-functioning.

    No, when the meter is nonfunctional you blow up the car to remind the driver not to break the meter next time. Unless Atlanta isn't one of the places where meters are broken deliberately to get free parking.

    You are the law?


    I thought you'd say that.
  • DC and Arlington could benefit from this as well. DC has some of the craziest signage I have ever seen. There are spots downtown that have 4 or five signs posted, it's almost like a math problem.


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  • So..if signage is missing or defaced, you can't get a ticket? A little post-ticket vandalism saves you $50. Or preventative Vandalism saves you a couple of bucks on parking.
  • Come to New Orleans, can't fix the damn streets, can't solve the murder epidemic, but hey we sure can ticket, tow or boot your car!! I have been told " too bad I already started writing it, so you have to go fight it...." I don't miss being a copier tech and covering the French Quarter and Downtown.
  • A city I used to live in had residential street sweeping from 7am to 11am on (if I remember right) Tuesday mornings. If you were parked on a residential street during those times, you'd get a ticket. Even if you parked after the street sweeper had obviously already been through. You could tell from the wet stripe it left. The timing was obviously designed to nail as many people as possible. If they'd wanted to minimize impact, they would have started the time at 9am so most people would be at work. A 7am start time falls right in the middle of getting the kids ready for school and getting ready for work. And ticketing people who parked after the sweeper had already gone by was a total dick move. I don't live there any more.

    The city I lived in before that did it right. They cleaned business districts in the early morning hours and residential in the middle of the day. If a car happened to be parked on the street, they'd just go around it. The logic being that they'd get that spot next week because it was very unlikely that the same spot would be blocked two weeks in a row. If someone did have a car that sat in the same spot for weeks, the first action was to leave a note asking them to please move their vehicle at least once a week so they can clean the area.

    /CSB
  • i don't know how it is in atlanta, but here (ft worth) and every place i've lived, broken meter = illegal to park there.

    never before now have i thought about what if i park there, it's functioning, i put money in and go on about my business, but while i'm gone and on my paid parking time, someone or something breaks my meter?

    honestly i don't remember the last time i parked in a metered space, anyway, so this probably won't be an issue for me
  • Covert race war? Hmm, must be really covert because this is the most integrated place I've ever lived in. Of course, I'm not counting cities north and south of Atlanta. Those are not so covert.

    Also, I can't wait for the black flag Occutard Anarchists to sabotage every single meter in the city. That being said, ParkAtlanta deserves every single piece of hate they receive.
  • funktilious_j: DC and Arlington could benefit from this as well. DC has some of the craziest signage I have ever seen. There are spots downtown that have 4 or five signs posted, it's almost like a math problem.


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    I refuse to drive in the city for those reasons and how we have roads that go different directions and have different lanes depending on the time of day. The METRO system sucks. It costs too much, breaks down all the time, and usually gets you there late. However it will get you there and I don't have to worry about moving my car every two hours.
  • Cheeseface: Covert race war? Hmm, must be really covert because this is the most integrated place I've ever lived in. Of course, I'm not counting cities north and south of Atlanta. Those are not so covert.

    Also, I can't wait for the black flag Occutard Anarchists to sabotage every single meter in the city. That being said, ParkAtlanta deserves every single piece of hate they receive.


    atlanta (actually one of its suburbs to the north...marietta, maybe) is the ONLY place i've been in the usa that had bilingual signage throughout walmart...and i live in texas where one might expect that.
  • jtown: A city I used to live in had residential street sweeping from 7am to 11am on (if I remember right) Tuesday mornings. If you were parked on a residential street during those times, you'd get a ticket. Even if you parked after the street sweeper had obviously already been through. You could tell from the wet stripe it left. The timing was obviously designed to nail as many people as possible. If they'd wanted to minimize impact, they would have started the time at 9am so most people would be at work. A 7am start time falls right in the middle of getting the kids ready for school and getting ready for work. And ticketing people who parked after the sweeper had already gone by was a total dick move. I don't live there any more.

    The city I lived in before that did it right. They cleaned business districts in the early morning hours and residential in the middle of the day. If a car happened to be parked on the street, they'd just go around it. The logic being that they'd get that spot next week because it was very unlikely that the same spot would be blocked two weeks in a row. If someone did have a car that sat in the same spot for weeks, the first action was to leave a note asking them to please move their vehicle at least once a week so they can clean the area.

    /CSB


    The city workers must have a great union there. They sweep the streets once a year in the Spring here and I suspect they only do that to recover the gravel they dump on the roads in the Winter. I guess they need the extra ticket money to pay for all the street cleaning.
  • Lovely Rita, meter maid

    eKonk: Someone once had a better solution to parking meter problems...
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    Problem with Atlanta is 1) it's not a small town and 2) there's always something to do.

    Seems like there was a failure to communicate.
  • We need a constitutional amendment.

    "No government entity may use any funds which were not obtained through taxation of the residents in its jurisdiction to fund its operation. All fines, fees, tariffs and any other forms of non-tax revenue are to be distributed as refunds to the citizens."

    Under this regime fines still function as penalties for breaking rules and fees still encourage reasonable use of government services. The difference is that there would no longer be a profit motive in law enforcement and politicians couldn't end-run the citizens by claiming they aren't raising taxes when they raise the fees and fines for everything.
  • Anyone involved in "parking enforcement" (tow druck drivers, meter maids, etc) is a scumbag, bottom feeder.

    The worst "enforcement" is usually near college campuses. I once had a tow truck put my car on the rack less than a minute after my meter ran out. He had actually sat in front of the meter until it ran out of time. I had to pay that meth head arsehole $100 cash to get him to take it off the tow. What a racket.
  • A few years ago I worked for the company that was awarded the contract to handle Atlanta's parking meter and boot/tow program.

    Apparently Atlanta only had 2 people handling the meters for the entire city, so it had been YEARS since many meters were enforced. Holy shiate were people pissed off when all of a sudden they couldn't ignore an expired meter.
  • But I thought privatization always made everything better?
  • i don't know how it is in atlanta, but here (ft worth) and every place i've lived, broken meter = illegal to park there.

    In some places broken meter = you can park for the time limit for the zone. Traditionally, meters are posted to enforce time limits, not make profit, and overtime parking is illegal. A broken meter takes away the need to pay but not the obligation to leave after 2 hours.

    There is a movement funded by the federal DOT to switch to higher parking fees and no time limits.  Some cities, mainly on the West Coast, have done this. In my area there are legal obstacles to market based parking pricing on public streets.
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