Saturday, November 12, 2011

Be A Parking Snitch And Feel All Proud

Deputizing Citizens as Parking Meter Snitches? There's an App for That

"Residents of Austin, Texas may soon have the power to issue parking tickets by taking a few photographs of someone else's car with their smartphones. A unanimous council voted on October 20 to explore the concept of deputizing vigilante meter maids using an iPhone app. Disabled advocates pushed the program at the council meeting in the hopes of guaranteeing easier parking. They were joined by others who were just interested in writing the $511 tickets.

The non-profit group Parking Mobility, created by George Soros-funded organizations, created the Android, Blackberry and iPhone parking ticket app which encourages cities to adopt the program because they can "generate revenue." The system requires a person take three photographs of the alleged violator -- one of the license plate, one of the windshield and one showing the car and the handicapped parking sign. The software sends the photos and the GPS location to the city so it can issue the expensive ticket."

This stuff isn't as cut and dried as it initially appears and I realize my opinion may not be too popular.. I understand the need for handicapped parking a few feet closer to retail establishments. A few hesitant steps with a cane or walker or wheelchair mean an awful lot to disabled citizens and fuckwads with Lamborghinis who make them inconvenienced should be excoriated.
But there are several factors to take into consideration before you reach for your Uzi. A lot of temporarily handicapped people never go through the demeaning processes that governmental bureaucrats demand to be able to park closer to where they want to spend money and get their insignias but they're just as challenged. A lot of permanently disfigured people also don't want to do that, like me:

my right foot

Also, the number of handicapped spaces usually far exceed the traffic of disabled folks to the store or stores involved.
Don't automatically assume someone without a handicap sticker is an insensitive lout and think that tattling on them to the authorities will result in a gold star on your forehead. If you believe they're being unreasonable, get some balls or uteri and confront them yourself.


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