Geniuses at work: Booted Car
I frequently hear stories of booted cars in Hoboken on the live police radio. They rarely grab my attention too much. Although this morning, one hasty driver pulled away with the boot still on, thus creating a traffic-jam racket that disturbed one reader:
“Ah, out-of-town idiots, made smarter by the HPU. This morning I was awoken at about 6:30 a.m. to the sound of blasting car horns (thank you Hoboken cab drivers) and a timid voice saying, “I can’t move the car.” Turns out, two numbskull’s from NY parked their car overnight on the east side of Madison Street, just north of Third, and got booted. The girl apparently hopped in, her male companion joining her in the passenger seat, and they drove off! Well, at least 10-15 feet, until they realized something was seriously wrong. So, there they stopped, straddling the roadway, blocking all north-bound traffic while they waited for the PD and parking people to come fix the situation. It took about 20 minutes for the tow truck to arrive and jack the rear end of the car in the air enough so they could beat the twisted boot off the car. I didn’t get a look at the damage done to the car, but it was drivable afterward.
Now, a question: Is it standard policy for the HPU to place a boot on the passenger, curb-facing, rear wheel of a car and NOT leave one of those gigantic orange stickers on the driver’s window? No sticker in sight from my perch a few floors up. That still doesn’t make up for her guy missing the yellow around the tire, even if it was still a bit dark out.”