Thursday, June 14, 2012

How To Deal With Illegally Parked Cars

In New York we have a saying "If you see something, say something." This advice is aimed to alert officials to suspicious packages left on the subway or elsewhere. In London, they have taken similar advice to a whole new level, where anti-terror policy seems to be "if you see an illegally parked car, blow it to smithereens." The Standard has a story about a tourist who had his car blown up, then got a ticket for illegally parking. I bet he won't make that mistake again! From the story:

As any Londoner knows parking in the capital can be a tricky business even at the best of times.
So no doubt there will be a collective wave of sympathy for tourist Nima Hosseini Razi who is today counting the cost of being illegally parked on the city’s streets.
The business student discovered that you do not just run the danger of a fine if you leave your car in the wrong spot - after anti-terrorist officers blew up his Ford Mondeo.
 Perhaps we need to9 be more worried about the increasing militarization pf parking enforcement. First the tank driving mayor, now this. Let's hope that parking enforcement is never turned over to drones.

3 comments:

Hello Erika said...

This post made me think about what happened to my next door neighbor's car. He always used to park his car illegally on the opposite side of the street. He learned his lessen when the City of Portland bomb squad blew it up a few months ago. He has now purchased a large old school bus.
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2012/03/police_deploy_robot_to_investi.html

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