Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Oh New Hampshire No...

I'm trying to figure out what, exactly, the point is here...

New Hampshire city suing ‘Robin Hood’ for paying parking meters of strangers
The city of Keene, N.H., is suing “Robin Hood and his Merry Men” — a group that has made a name for itself by paying people’s parking meters before they can get slapped with a ticket from local parking enforcement officers.

The Union Leader reported Tuesday that six “Robin Hooders” troll the streets of the city’s quaint downtown in search of cars parked at expired meters.
The meter maids parking enforcement officers are claiming that the Merry Men are harassing them - by recording them and following them around. If that's harassment, these officers need to harden up a bit. First off, there are three "parking enforcement officers" for a town of 23,000 people - My town has 7,000 people and five full time officers, period. Secondly, there's a good amount of "he said/she said" going on, and absent the video footage, it's hard to see exactly what kind of "harassment" they're facing. It sounds more like the kind of "praise" we routinely heap on TSA agents - the whole "don't you have anything better to do" kind of "harassment".

And then I realized the date. It's mid-May. The college kids are all headed home for the summer, so the Keene PD has no easy source of free beer and drunk & disorderly charges. It's a college town with no college in session, so the revenue enhancement begins in earnest. Parking enforcement with several thousands college kids forgetting to feed the meters is easy; over the summer with tourists the pickin's are slimmer. Naturally, anyone depriving them of this extra revenue is to be viewed as the enemy.

Anyone want to place bets on how long it takes the town of Keene, NH to lobby for an armored vehicle for traffic enforcement?

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)

10 comments:

Tam said...

Accoding to Wikipedia, there's a whole lot of wookie video goings-on in Keene: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keene,_New_Hampshire#Free_Keene

Anonymous said...

Parking meters are slavery!
(or maybe not)

Gerry

Jay G said...

Well, Keene is a college town - really, the archetypal college town - so it stands to reason that you'll get some right(ish) leaning types as well as the left leaning ones.

It just got my dander up that "ZOMG RECORDING ME IS HARASSMENT". I guess I have a jaded view of a police department that has three full time "parking enforcement officers" in a town of that size.

NotDilbert said...

Sucker bet .....

They already have one. Being a Collage Town everyone knows how to get grant $$$

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/16/police-tank-purchase-new-hampshire_n_1279983.html

ParatrooperJJ said...

In many states feeding the meter like that is a crime...

Stretch said...

Pipe cutter.
Hey, it was the start of a great movie.

TigerStripe said...

For some reason I have the idea that if the "parking enforcement officers" were intimidated and harassed that someone would be under arrest for at least disturbing the peace... TS

Anonymous said...

Too late. The battle over the free armored vehicle has been fought and lost. Keene got their APC last year.

Mopar said...

Keene is a hotbed of Libertarians, FreeStaters, and Anarchocapitalists. Home of the original "wookiesuiter" video (though I think Dave Ridley, the guy in the suit lives in Manchvegas now). BTW, this story has made the national news now, so I wonder if Keene will back down.

Matthew said...

In Anchorage, when one of our sister duo of "Parking Fairies" (they dressed up in tutu's and fed meters to protest the city PA's aggressive enforcement) died they named the new parking structure after her.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linny_Pacillo_Parking_Garage

http://linnypacillo.blogspot.com/