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I don't know why I didn't think of looking online for a Denver boot earlier.

Might budget for the sub-$200 UniBull and solve the problem of how to keep the idjits that park in the fire lane there until the police tow arrives. Heh.

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blueeyed
Mar. 22nd, 2008 12:21 am (UTC)
I love this drama. Keep it coming!
oddharmonic
Mar. 22nd, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
We took 8x10" prints and a copy of my log with dates, times and identifying information (car make, model and license plate number) to the management. They said all they can do is send over the community resource officer to put a tow tag on the offending car, which will then be towed sometime in the next ten days.

It irritates me that it's so easy to habitually break the law yet so difficult to enforce it.
blueeyed
Mar. 24th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
I hear you. I'd be frustrated, too. I hope that they get what's coming to them soon.
colleend
Mar. 22nd, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
people are so stupid...you should put nails under the wheels when you catch them there and try to pop their tires...
colleend
Mar. 22nd, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
OR even better...tie a bunch of tin cans to the bumper and tuck them up underneath so they can't see it you can even paint the cans to say don't park here next time...
oddharmonic
Mar. 22nd, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
I've been advised to not do anything destructive. The city's advice is to call 911 whenever there's a car parked in the fire lane. With nothing to prevent the offending driver from leaving before the police arrive, they do with no more than some yelled expletives.

I have a growing collection of timestamped 10 MP photographs of the three most frequent offenders.

Edited at 2008-03-22 09:00 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)
Mar. 22nd, 2008 07:51 am (UTC)
Let's say, hypothetically, that one boots a car in the fire lane, and then just seconds after he-or-she arrives, an emergency vehicle arrives wanting to use that fire lane.
oddharmonic
Mar. 22nd, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
The lane is more than wide enough for two emergency vehicles abreast. We've seen a ladder truck and a police car parked abreast in it with room to spare.

The area in question is in a parking lot with marked fire lanes along the curbs and the access-end of all marked parking spaces. My issue is with a small number of visitors who choose to park in the marked fire lanes, which blocks in anywhere from 3-8 legally parked cars. (There are visitor parking spaces about 30 feet away from where they illegally park.)
(Anonymous)
Mar. 23rd, 2008 10:23 am (UTC)
Your objections are of course perfectly legitimate. But I wonder about the legality and what-not of the specific response that you propose. I could readily imagine an argument that the driver had blocked the fire line from the time that he or she parked until the time that he or she returned, but that
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Your objections are of course perfectly legitimate. But I wonder about the legality and what-not of the specific response that you propose. I could readily imagine an argument that the driver had blocked the fire line from the time that he or she parked until the time that he or she returned, but that <em.you</em> had subsequently blocked the lane by booting the car.
elf044
Apr. 30th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
I am highly sympathetic...Good luck!
If it's the same offender time and again..."accidentally" run into their vehicle while "going to the store". Seems like that's about the only way to get anything like a resolution. But it would probably mean having your insurance payment jump... *sigh* It's not fair.

If you're prepared to confront them, I suppose you can shout (non-profane) insults at them when they drop off their child. Especially if you advise the child not to grow up like their scofflaw parent "You should grow up better than mommy, because mommy's a punk." It's a public service, right? But that will certainly cause an altercation...still, if they're too busy to park 30 feet away, perhaps they're too busy to make a big fuss over your behavior mirroring their own...
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