Forget flag desecration, net neutrality and Iraq, the number one problem facing the country today is parking enforcement. Whether or not Bush lies, millions of people everyday face ridiculous fines for minor infractions. And when I read this article, it renewed my hatred of the parking industrial complex.
So this guy gets a ticket for parking on the street between certain hours. He says there weren't any signs posted when he parked, and I believe him. Nevertheless, he gets fined. So he pays the fine, and in the memo of the check writes, BULLSHIT MONEY GRAB. And, clearly, it's a bullshit money grab. And that should be that, right? He pays fine, moves on with his life until the next ticket (probably a couple days away).
That got Militzer an in-person court appearance - on a contempt of court charge. He's scheduled to go before a judge Wednesday, accompanied by an American Civil Liberties Union attorney who will argue Militzer's remark is protected by the First Amendment.
I hope he's able to win the case and sue the city for mental anguish. There was a period of time where I got tickets all the time. I lived on a street that had street parking twice a week between 8 and 10am. I think there should be a law that no street cleaning occur before 10am because it's cruel and unusual to make people disrupt their sleeping patterns to move their car across the street. 10am is way more reasonable. In any case, I used to get a ton of tickets that would triple in cost when I failed to pay them on time. So a $30 ticket would turn into $108. And it was extremely painful to write checks. I'd seethe with anger at the injustice and I'd usually add my opinion in the memo. Once I think I wrote "NAZI extortion". Please don't comment on my comparison of parking enforcement to Nazism. I'm not seriously comparing the two. Also, Nazi meter maids were way less harsh than their Los Angeles counterparts.
The point is that the memos were my little way to protest. It was all I had. Come to find out there are sadistic dweebs who READ INCOMING CHECKS to heap more misery on us!