I changed my mind. This is no longer my slice of the American Dream pie. It is now just a place for me to bitch.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

That is Chevy Chase the city, not the washed up actor

So this morning I get another parking ticket, I have about 15, at the meters in front of my apartment. It wasn't for parking at an unpaid meter this time though. No, I was out there before I would be required to pay. However, I was apparently facing the wrong way. I was not aware there was a "way" to face down there, but doing it wrong carries a hefty fine.

Ironically I find this "asshole cop" story coming out of DC:

Chevy Chase residents say they are getting more than they bargained for now that the Metropolitan Police Department is providing steady, overnight patrols in their Northwest neighborhood. They say officers are ticketing their vehicles for everything from parking too close to a driveway to having improperly affixed stickers.
"The objection here is to action that is being taken in the middle of the night by a police department that appears to be focused on making a fast buck by skulking around while residents sleep," resident Simon Marks wrote on an online forum. "I have simply never heard of parking tickets being issued at 3 a.m. to residents who have parked their cars outside their own homes. It's senseless and not the kind of additional parking enforcement that will make any of us safer."
An official in the police department's 2nd District, which includes Chevy Chase, said officers walk the neighborhood for several hours overnight and must have something to show for their work. When no crimes are being committed and there are no criminals to arrest, he said, ticketing illegally parked cars is productive work.

The their superior defend these actions:

"They have to show some type of productivity during the night," Capt. Willie Smith said. "We have anywhere from 30 to 40 officers working all night in the Second District, and there's two to four in that [area]. If they come in without any tickets, no arrests, no truck stops ... they could be challenged by their superiors."
The majority of tickets issued in Chevy Chase throughout the early-morning hours last week were for minor infractions and included ones for expired registrations, blocking a driveway and parking too close to an intersection.

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