We wish you a merry christmas, we wish you a merry christmas….and stop issuing NYC parking tickets 10 times per day to our customers!
Here is an article published in the “Gothamist” on December 3, 2009:
This shaky surveillance video shows an unidentified man brazenly slashing the tires of three NYPD Parking Enforcement cars in broad daylight on Monday in Parkchester. (It was either very windy out, or the surveillance cam was afraid it would be slashed next, because it can’t stop trembling!) The cars were parked outside a Bronx parking enforcement headquarters near the Westchester Square shopping district, were merchants say parking ticket blitzes are driving away their shoppers.
“It’s killing us,” says Marco Rossetti, co-owner of Frank and Joe’s Deli in Westchester Square. He tells the Daily News, “It’s wrong, but I can understand his frustration. Truthfully, we’re not given a chance. Their office is located directly above us. The agents come down 10, 15 at a time, stand in front of my store. People that pull over don’t get a second to stop.” And John Bonizio, president of the Association of the Merchants and Business Professionals of Westchester Square, says, “I’m not surprised that frustration would run that high, and that people would attempt to lash back out at enforcement in an improper manner.”
Of course, it’s unclear whether the perp in this instance was retaliating over parking tickets, but this isn’t the first time the vehicles have been targeted. About a year ago, vandals started breaking windshields of NYPD. Parking Enforcement cars parked in the area. Police are currently looking for a black man of medium build who sped away in a gray mini van, presumably with a stack of unpaid parking tickets spilling out of his glove box.
If there is a ticking time bomb on your doorstep, isn’t it a good idea to defuse it? Of course it is. Well, the overzealous enforcement of parking ticket rules and regulations, especially in areas where these tactics significantly impact local merchants, is going to explode into bad behavior.
The action taken by the parking ticket warrior vehicle slashing bandit is inexcusable. Nevertheless, whether or not it was the vandal’s intent to vent his parking ticket rage, this bad behavior sends a message to the powers-to-be. The NYC driving public is mad as hell and is not going to take it any longer.
The pressures faced by warriors to issue volumes of parking tickets overpowers their good judgment, at times. Darth Vader is the wrong image to project. It’s time for a change.
Mayor Bloomberg made some campaign promises to the NYC driving public about taking action to fix some of the inequities in the system. Now is the time to make those campaign promises a reality.
What recommendations do you have to address the problems extant in the enforcement of NYC parking rules and regulations? Please comment. Your opinion matters to us
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