Saturday, January 30, 2016

The more things change, the more they remain the same!

In a post earlier in January I was talking about the big snow of '79 (?) when it was impossible to get off Columbia Pike into the Dorchester Apartments parking lot where we lived. So the car was left on the Pike, as far out of the main flow as possible and our cars were ticketed.

WELL, this is an excerpt for the news about the latest Blizzard in DC:
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The nation's capital knows all too well how to tap into taxpayers' wallets. And, nowhere was that more evident than during the aftermath of Winter Storm Jonas.

Since the blizzard began last Friday, the District of Columbia has issued $1,078,000 worth of parking tickets. That's right...

The city has slapped motorists with $65,600 in fines, too. More than 600 cars were towed during the city's snow emergency which expired Wednesday.

The tickets were shelled out to vehicles parked in the way of plows that were trying to clear streets from curb to curb. Any cars deemed to be hazards or barriers to snow removal were towed at the owner's expense to the tune of $100 plus a $25-per-day fee until they pick up their cars.

Update: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is voiding tickets handed out on Jan. 22, the first day of the storm.

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I ask myself, what is a citizen to do with their car?   Notice the Mayor has voided the tickets of Jan 22 but not 23/24/25.  That should solve the problem. With no more moving traffic that there was, why did the roads need to be cleared curb to curb?

The ticketing is decided by some government official.  WOW, we can refill the city coffers now, not caring if it is on the backs of the working public who had VERY LITTLE alternative!

To me it is a simple example of how Government officials seem to lose their sense of common sense when they get into a position of authority.  This in the SEAT of our NATIONAL GOVERNMENT.  The disease of greed seems to fester there.
The cool dude's snowplow!

I am smiling now during our presidential races.  Notice the promises?  DO you hear what I AM GOING TO DO WHEN ELECTED?

It seems to be: Find out what THEY want and promise to give it to them. (you can ticket them later!)

Nite Shipslog


Poor folk Snow plow..

Real rich folk's snow plow! A Rolls Royce


Mevely317 said...

These 'do it yourself' snow plows are hilarious!

Mayor Bowser? Me thinks, too little, too late. Sounds like something that would be done in Tiananman Square. You're right about the 'disease of greed' ... they should be hanging their collective heads in shame.

Unknown said...

Did not know about giving tickets for illegal parked cars. They must be
blind not seeing the cars covered in snow and can't be moved. City and Government can figure more way to get our money.

betty said...

I agree that they have left out common sense. If you can't move your car for this reason or that reason and its not your fault the city got a lot of snow, you shouldn't be penalized for it. I can see a lot of people perhaps trying to fight those tickets.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

When there is no place to go and your can can't go, what else is a person to do? Thankfully, I've never had that problem, and if the weather gets that bad I just stay at home.

Jackie said...

Seems to be a Catch 22 situation....
I don't have a solution, but I do love to come here and read your thoughts about it. You are wise....and I trust your judgement.

Lisa said...

I think its all backwards. The tickets should have only be given ( if at all) on the first day of the snow when people may have had the chance to move. But then again where would they go? It all about money and politics now days.

Glad we don't get snow like that.

Rick Watson said...

I would NOT be happy with the city of this stuff.