More parking boot drama

Man drives away with boot; wrecks car in Hoboken, NJ

Last month, an article on 411 suggested that parking boots on the passenger side can wreck cars in Hoboken.

Well, what do you know – exactly what I foresaw happening took place earlier this week.

This man parked along Sinatra Drive returned to his vehicle while it was raining, and attempted to pull away. The photo below is where his car ended up – possibly causing extensive damage to the axle or drivetrain. Sure, there was a notice on the windshield, but the rain caused it to slide down almost into obscurity.

Maybe if the boot was on the DRIVER’S SIDE where I feel they have a better chance of being noticed – this could have been avoided. Additionally – this created a hazardous condition on the road, causing drivers to cross into the opposing lane to pass by.

Another important point is – that this man only carried cash – not credit cards. Hoboken’s ridiculous boot system causes those who only use cash a tremendous amount of inconvenience in order to “unlock” it.

All for a few bucks…

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5 Comments on "More parking boot drama"

escaped68
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Sue?? i could excuse 1 or up to 5 clunks but is this guy is saying he didn’t hear anything. When you car is making major clanking and clunking noises I think you should stop and check to see what it is not turn the radio up louder.

CityGirlinHoboken
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CityGirlinHoboken

I SERIOUSLY hope he sues the city for the price of the repairs. The parking Nazis are ruining this town, our way of life AND the our businesses.

Craig-D
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Craig-D

They usually put boots on the side of the vehicle closest to the curb for the safety of the people putting them on. I for one wouldn’t want to be kneeling next to a car in a traffic lane in Hoboken either. So sometimes they are on the driver’s side – and sometimes they’re not. I don’t think anyone can argue against that procedure. Each booted car gets plenty of notice of the boot’s presence with a bright orange bordered sign either on the driver’s side windshield or attached to the driver’s side window. There’s no way you should miss them (even the one pictured above is clearly visible on the windshield).

So it’s raining, this guy presumedly turns on his windshield wipers before pulling away, and he still doesn’t see that sign sweeping back and forth on his window? C’mon. Frankly, anyone so oblivious that they don’t notice a big orange eye-level sign with large printed typeface on their car is unlikely to notice a boot on a wheel on the driver’s side either. Couple that with an apparent inability to read street signs, and you have someone who probably needs to take a break from driving anyway. Given a choice, I’ll still take a boot over a tow any day.

TK
Member

Homer was just fine…

[quote comment=”216566″]They usually put boots on the side of the vehicle closest to the curb for the safety of the people putting them on. I for one wouldn’t want to be kneeling next to a car in a traffic lane in Hoboken either. So sometimes they are on the driver’s side – and sometimes they’re not. I don’t think anyone can argue against that procedure. Each booted car gets plenty of notice of the boot’s presence with a bright orange bordered sign either on the driver’s side windshield or attached to the driver’s side window. There’s no way you should miss them (even the one pictured above is clearly visible on the windshield).So it’s raining, this guy presumedly turns on his windshield wipers before pulling away, and he still doesn’t see that sign sweeping back and forth on his window? C’mon. Frankly, anyone so oblivious that they don’t notice a big orange eye-level sign with large printed typeface on their car is unlikely to notice a boot on a wheel on the driver’s side either. Couple that with an apparent inability to read street signs, and you have someone who probably needs to take a break from driving anyway. Given a choice, I’ll still take a boot over a tow any day.[/quote]

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