The Office tries tricking drivers

Fake parking ticket marketing by The Office in Hoboken, NJ

Got a boatload of emails from Hoboken411 readers about this “fake parking ticket” marketing effort put forth by copy machine center The Office located at 306 Washington St.

One reader said it was a bad way to advertise – and probably a violation of consumer fraud laws – and was a “good way to make me never go there.”

Even though it’s yellow – do you think it’s a good idea to even resemble a parking ticket?

Mark wrote:

“File this one under “marketing fail – how to piss off potential customers.” The Office copy shop on Washington Street printed up fake parking tickets and put them on windshields around town (attached).

Approaching my van this morning, I was fooled, recalling that my bumper was sticking out into the red zone and thinking that maybe Hoboken changed their ticket color.

Seeing that it was a fake (with a map showing their business location on the back), I can’t say I was too impressed with their creativity.

In fact, they just lost me as a customer.”

Ads on cars in Hoboken are illegal

Even more importantly – this is a blatant violation of city ordinance § 110-45 which states:

No person shall throw, cast or distribute, or place, or cause to be thrown, cast or distributed, or placed any handbill, circular, card or other commercial advertising matter whatsoever,

(1) in or upon any street or public place or

(2) in or upon a front yard or

(3) in or upon any vehicle or

(4) in the vestibule or hall of any building or

(5) in any place from which such matter may be blown by the wind onto a street or public place, or nor shall any person place or cause to be placed on any pole, vehicle or public sign any advertising matter unauthorized by the owner of the said pole, vehicle or public sign.

The minimum fine for this used to be $100 (max $1000), but the city – desperate for moolah – recently raised the minimum fine to $500 per instance.

Don’t you just love windshield tweets?

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7 Comments on "The Office tries tricking drivers"


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paco
2 years 11 months ago

I wonder if these the clowns that made real looking copies of half a $20 bill as advertisment and dumped all over the parking lots at the old giants stadium a few years ago. Boy did that cause for some major and interesting human behavior.
These funny folks should be ticketed but with the real thing ! 😛

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R1100R
2 years 11 months ago

Loosen up people! It is hard enough to make a dollar these days. We all know what it’s like to get a parking ticket in Hoboken. I got one of these things from the office on my car and was glad it WASN’T a ticket.

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pepe_22
2 years 11 months ago

Zap Lube, The Pope is a Fraud, and the new Family moving into Hoboken to start a church. GET YOUR SHIT OFF MY CAR. This stuff ends up as litter all over the streets. I will never to to Zap Lube. That family church should worry about keeping “gods” earth clean and get their shit off my car and off the streets.

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briank
2 years 11 months ago

Is this ordinance ever enforced? I see ads on cars probably once per week. Zap Lube, some crazy church, a flyer print shop, you name it. How do we enforce this? I mean, the offender’s name and info are right on the ads yet they never get cited. Does a citizen have to drop off an offending flyer at City Hall, email a photo, what? It makes the neighborhood a mess and is ugly.
As for The Office- ihave done my printing there to support a local business even though I get a corporate discount at Kinko’s. They should know that Hobokenites don’t like parking ticket jokes.

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YouStayCl@ssyHoboken
2 years 11 months ago

It’s supposed to be enforced by Environmental Services/Sanitation Inspectors; they have a direct number 201-420-2006.[quote comment=”216902″]Is this ordinance ever enforced? I see ads on cars probably once per week. Zap Lube, some crazy church, a flyer print shop, you name it. How do we enforce this? I mean, the offender’s name and info are right on the ads yet they never get cited. Does a citizen have to drop off an offending flyer at City Hall, email a photo, what? It makes the neighborhood a mess and is ugly.As for The Office- ihave done my printing there to support a local business even though I get a corporate discount at Kinko’s. They should know that Hobokenites don’t like parking ticket jokes.[/quote]

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YouStayCl@ssyHoboken
2 years 11 months ago

Glad to see that the City recently amended § 110-45 to be comprehensive of this sort of thing.