Hoboken parking notes
What’s up with the Hoboken parking notes?
Not a day goes by where you don’t pass a parked car around Hoboken with some kind of parking note on the dashboard.
Usually, it’s some kind of “plea” to the HPU or police begging not to receive a ticket.
But why do these people feel exempt from the parking rules, and what are their justifications?
Let’s take a look at two of the more common ones:
“I work in Hoboken!”
The note above says “Please don’t ticket (Smiley Face) Work at Foot Locker – Store Manager.”
- Okay, they have a paid parking stub in the window, isn’t that enough?
- Oh, I get it – if you let your stub expire (which makes it invalid), you want special treatment?
- Sure! That “smiley face” means you’re friendly. That makes us feel warm and fuzzy.
- What? You’re the store manager at Foot Locker and not just a lowly clerk? Okay! I’ll let you go!
Joking aside, it’s kind of pathetic to see people essentially begging for human compassion, when it should be the norm. But it’s next to impossible living in a Draconian society.
“My car is broke!”
This also happens a lot. Conveniently on the day of street cleaning too. “Please do not ticket or tow away. Car does not start. Thank you!”
- You just figured out that your car doesn’t start? Right.
- Well, shouldn’t you be getting this repaired or towed lickety-split?
- Where are you anyway?
It’s understandable that sometimes cars parked on the street can suffer mechanical issues. But since it’s not YOUR driveway, getting it fixed is not something you can do casually “at your convenience.” It really should be a priority.
But without the driver nearby to demonstrate an actual problem, how can one be sure they just didn’t put the note there for selfish reasons?
Sigh, I just can’t wait for the days where everyone has a bicycle…