Obnoxious Beverage Deliveries

12/2/2009:

Must deliver booze and soda at all costs!

If anyone’s a proponent of beverages in general (water, juice, soda, beer, wine, etc.) – it’s yours truly.

I must consume two gallons or more of various fluids each day. And I understand that someone has to deliver these drinks to Hoboken – but a sight I saw recently was just a bit too much.

At the corner of 11th and Washington, a Nash Distributors truck was making a regular delivery like it does nearly every day. However, this time it was a solid four feet or more onto the sidewalk (and handicapped ramp) – and was still sort of blocking traffic a bit.

Oh, and later on as he progressed southward, a Coca-Cola distributor AND the same Nash truck were double-parked simultaneously, causing all passing cars to cross the yellow line.

Is there a better way to get these precious liquids into the Mile Square?

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10 Comments on "Obnoxious Beverage Deliveries"

plywood
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plywood

Sense is not common, and sense has nothing to do with it. What you are suggesting for unloading a vehicle responsibly is logical, however it will never be written into law, because if you make it legal to double park for 10 minutes, there will be the guy who parks for eleven minutes and will contest the ticket because they will claim the officer’s watch stopped or something. I have seen people double park for 12 hours with no penalty (cop comes and runs siren for them to move) and I have seen people double park for 30 seconds and get hassled (officer just starts writing ticket). Both are legal responses by law enforcement, depends on what kind of mood they are in and what was discussed in the group meeting this week. Logic just muddies the waters.

Bob321
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Bob321

Let’s use common sense here (I know we all have it to some degree) – trucks must make deliveries and people occassionally have to unload stuff. Making a huge truck park in a garage and carry the deliveries by hand is obviously not the solution. So yes, it is a violation. However, police officers should use discretion whether or not to ticket. I usually walk to the supermarket with a cart (so no grocery unloading situation for me), but occassionally I need to unload a suitcase, snowboard, etc. I safely pull over in the middle of my block (without blocking the ramp and making sure cars can get through), turn my hazards on, quickly unload in the lobby, and then go park legitimately. And I appreciate cops not ticketing me for this. And if I do get a ticket, I guess they have every right to give one since double-parking IS illegal. It would suck though!! So, yes, in a urban setting, some parking violations are par for the course, but how about this – as long as the car (1) has hazards on; (2) is not blocking traffic; and (3) is not blocking a sidewalk or a handicapped ramp, the driver has a 5-10 minute grace period before it becomes a violation? Would be tough to enforce, but in theory, would that make everyone happy?

plywood
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plywood

Where is he supposed to park?

plywood
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plywood

I believe any of us who had the delivery job depicted here would, within a week, be doing the same thing, or would be fired for lack of productivity, or would have quit the job.
Oh sha sha, we’ve got to live together.

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