Holiday Parking Idiocy

Hoboken says you don’t have to feed the meters

12/27/2011 Update:

The confusion doesn’t stop here in the Mile Square. Many residents and visitors asked the Hoboken Police today if they needed to feed the meters – and according to the response HPD got from HPU was “yes you need to pay parking meters.”

However, that goes entirely against what the city site says. So apparently they’re creating this confusion in order to get TONS more money for raises they can hand out to one another on your dime.

Today – the New Jersey Libertarian Party published an article that audits of such departments are suspect, and suggests that Parking Authorities in NJ should have different “directors” each year, which would help identify and eliminate number trickery.

Dopey “Holiday Parking Summonses” litter Hoboken streets

As you *might* know, the city of Hoboken took our advice (to a degree) when we shamed them by showing how other cities promoted free parking and shopping local (like Union City).

Here’s what one Hoboken411 reader sent in:

“The Citizenry of Hoboken have been given the “keys to the kingdom.” What, does Don Zimmer want a f***ing biscuit or something? They are actually paying HPU attendants to place ticket-looking papers on cars saying “you are hereby summonsed to have a happy holiday…” Man, this town f***ing kills me!”

Meanwhile, these fake tickets are starting to litter the sidewalks!

Hoboken still loved collecting meter revenue, though!

Hoboken411 reader JC noticed the city had made little effort to *prevent* unsuspecting drivers from feeding the parking robots:

“I noticed this afternoon while walking around town, on multiple occasions, people feeding the muni-meters to secure a parking pass for their cars. Obviously Hoboken City Hall has not taken steps necessary to shut down collections from the meters or post appropriate signage (on the meters or otherwise).

Even though this is supposedly a “free” period for parking in Hoboken, those that are uninformed or from out-of-town are still feeding into the city’s coffers.”

411 Note: The 4 hour permit parking is being enforced, however. Leave it up to the city to botch something as simple as free holiday parking. Oh well.

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7 Comments on "Holiday Parking Idiocy"

LimaEchoEcho
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LimaEchoEcho

What’s funnier is that the Parking Utility is paying their employees to put these things on your cars! Perhaps they should give these employees the day off and save taxpayers dollars and put THAT to a worthy cause,.. maybe they should give that money to environmental preservation to make up for all the paper they wasted making spoof summonses.

borincana
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borincana

Union city, West New York , and North Bergen all had thier depts place happy holidays and merry christmass happy new year on every parking mtere. Good for business made my day happy because I was conducting business and it truly made my day! Thank you mayor stack, mayor roque and mayor sacco for allowing me a few minutes to park in your municipalities; spend my money shopping on bergenline without worrying about looking for quarters -which in the towns mentioned -dont rob you blind for an hour. And I hear these metered covered bags have been on since a week after thanksgiving !
Hoboken -on the other hand I witnessed people feeding meteres on christmass eve and Friday the 23rd… good ridence when is election day?

aurora
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aurora

Love the edit to the city graphic, so true!

LobstaGirl
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LobstaGirl

Idiots….Machines in a Real City (NYC) have all the machines saying “Happy Holidays” on the machines when you try to pay……Hoboken = CROOKS….

sasha
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sasha

Ridiculous!!!!!

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