Parking THEFT in Hoboken
How can you allow such parking theft to happen in Hoboken?
Up for “first reading” at tonight’s Hoboken City Council meeting is an ordinance to effectively DOUBLE the penalty for failing to move your car for street cleaning (sweeper, plow or otherwise). This parking theft is wrong across the board – but where do you begin?
Both sides of this equation are ridiculous in fact. While we think the downright worst “vehicular penalties” are “speed limits” for the highways of this country – which are intentionally set about 25% lower than the natural “sweet spot” that today’s cars and road conditions can handle “safely.” For example, an 85 mph speed limit for most roads is more than reasonable. But they set them so low, that it’s actually painful and unnatural to drive at such a slow pace. Well, now they can pretty much arbitrarily pull anyone over and ROB them (by force if required.)
In this case – street cleaning does have some kind of “purpose” – as it keeps our city completely free of garbage because of all the careless people just dumping entire cans of trash on the streets. (sarcasm off). But this is such blatant parking theft it’s mind-boggling. Take a look at the verbiage in the proposed ordinance change:
“Whenever violations occur which interrupt the City’s street cleaning and/or snow removal operations, the City may, for the purpose of maintaining public safety and the general welfare, immediately issue a summons upon the vehicle and vehicle owner with a penalty of not less than $100.00 and not more than $200.00.”
Can you explain how ROBBING someone improves public safety and “general welfare?”
In reality, it ONLY improves the “general welfare” of the scumbags at city hall! How you idiots fall for such euphemisms is beyond me…
YOU are the problem. Stop enabling them. Just stop!
So like I said, both sides of this equation are asinine. The city’s stupid policies, as well as the people that constantly “forget” to move their cars for whatever reasons. A circle-jerk of stupidity and enablers.
While in general – it is (initially) financially “cheaper” to park on the streets on an annual basis in comparison to a parking garage, putting your car in a garage is well worth the money. You just have to look at other ways parking on the street costs in the longer run.
- 100% guaranteed spot every time. More time for you.
- Less damage to car while you navigate streets worse than Baghdad.
- Less hassle dealing with tickets (which often fall off resulting in even steeper fines – possible license suspension).
- No court whatsoever. Ever.
- Reduced chance of vandalism (stay away from CITY RUN GARAGES though).
- You starve the beast.
If everyone said “fuck you” to the “hidden tax” – the city would lose their minds. If residents and visitors were both on the ball and diligently moved their cars with a high success rate (99% would be a great start) or off the streets entirely – the city would quickly be in trouble. Millions removed from city coffers.
It’s just sad that there is no way to organize a community like this to do such a momentous thing. Today it’s $200, next year $500, and maybe when it’s $1000 or more because some toxic sweeper couldn’t pick up a candy wrapper will be what wakes people up and they begin dusting off their pitch forks and torches.
Project: Look in the mirror next time you hit the head and say to yourself: “I enable thieves because I’m one giant wimp, and need them to survive. I am helpless.”