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City sues Robin Hood group over parking meter payments
Yahoo! News ^ | 14MAY2013 | Mike Krumboltz

Posted on 05/14/2013 8:27:28 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine

The city of Keene, New Hampshire, is suing a group of do-gooders for allegedly topping off parking meters of strangers. The group, which calls itself "Robin Hood and his Merry Men," likes to leave notes on the windshields of cars that are in danger of getting a ticket due to an expired meter, according to the Union Leader.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: New Hampshire
KEYWORDS: expired; merrymen; parkingmeter; robinhood
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1 posted on 05/14/2013 8:27:28 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine
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To: Jack Hydrazine
So it's about tickets and the revenue.

Go figure that a protection/shakedown racket would do something like that and fall back to the courts for backup.

/johnny

2 posted on 05/14/2013 8:29:45 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

“Another parking enforcement officer claims that he suffers from heart palpitations, stress and anxiety, and “dreams related to this activity.””

hahahahahahahahaha!


3 posted on 05/14/2013 8:30:15 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
"The suit also alleges that the group follows the parking enforcement officers around the city and uses video and radio equipment to coordinate their efforts."

If everybody were law abiding, there's be no need for meter maids, among others.

4 posted on 05/14/2013 8:30:23 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Jack Hydrazine

It makes no difference who puts money in the meter.

Morons.


5 posted on 05/14/2013 8:31:45 PM PDT by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

In the 1950’s my home town Chamber of Commerce ran a similar campaign.

The note read:

The meter turned red
We knew you’d be blue
So we put in a nickel for you.

The City’s response: make “topping off” a meter a crime.


6 posted on 05/14/2013 8:33:10 PM PDT by lightman (If the Patriarchate of the East held a state like the Vatican I would apply for political asylum.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Same thing happened in Santa Cruz 5 years ago.


7 posted on 05/14/2013 8:33:31 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Jack Hydrazine

“Besides following me... and placing coins in expired meters to prevent me from writing tickets”

Aww, so that’s it- Sad because they can’t make the quotas.


8 posted on 05/14/2013 8:34:46 PM PDT by richmwill
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To: KittenClaws

Without tickets for expired meters there is minimum revenue.


9 posted on 05/14/2013 8:35:16 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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A small tyranny.

But a tyranny nonetheless.


10 posted on 05/14/2013 8:35:20 PM PDT by IncPen (When you start talking about what I 'should' have, you've made the case for the Second Amendment)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I would love to see this one go to the USSC.


11 posted on 05/14/2013 8:35:50 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: IncPen
It's a shakedown racket. Pure and simple.

Sure they have fancy uniforms. But that's the only moral difference.

/johnny

12 posted on 05/14/2013 8:40:33 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: AlexW
To heck with the Supremes, I'd like to see it go to the people. And it obviously has, to some extent.

City keeps pushing, a city administrator is going to be out of a job.

/johnny

13 posted on 05/14/2013 8:42:09 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: doc1019

Yes. I get “their” side of it.

But they are greedy idiots who do not understand the facts or, rather, choose to not understand the facts.

The “law” is the meter must be paid for a certain amount of time. It does not specify who must put in the coins.

Morons.


14 posted on 05/14/2013 8:44:19 PM PDT by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

New Hampshire is populated today by phonies and cowards.They vote straight Rat last November and yet they still have no income tax *or* sales tax.When are they going to start paying “their fair share”? They must do it “for the children”.


15 posted on 05/14/2013 8:45:54 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: KittenClaws

If the good samaritans don’t pay the meter the meter runs out and a ticket can be issued ... tickets make for more revenue then what the meter can produce.


16 posted on 05/14/2013 8:50:02 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Similar occurred here in Walnut Creek, Calif. The good guys lost.

It is also illegal in this town to not put money in a meter. If you park at a meter which has 30 minutes left and DO NOT add to it, you can be ticketed.

It is all about revenue.

17 posted on 05/14/2013 8:50:28 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Obama lied, Stevens died, now Obama covers up the lies.)
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To: Paladin2

Looks like every racket has its defenders.


18 posted on 05/14/2013 8:51:48 PM PDT by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions by the ATF***)
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To: Irenic

I can’t stop laughing !


19 posted on 05/14/2013 8:51:51 PM PDT by imemyself
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To: Jack Hydrazine

In related news...

Florida quietly shortened yellow light standards & lengths, resulting in more red light camera tickets for you
http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=316418


20 posted on 05/14/2013 8:55:23 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

My city got rid of parking meters 15 years ago.


21 posted on 05/14/2013 8:56:17 PM PDT by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: lightman

Milwaukee solved the problem by making a 2 hour meter a pure 2 hour zone whether or not the meter was paid. Car isn’t moved in 1:59:59, you’re getting a ticket even if the meter is plugged.

...and they use GPS and computer terminals to know which cars are about to expire so they can write tickets seconds after the meter expires or the time limit passes.

One day, I was downtown and parked at a meter in a pay until 6 p.m. zone at 5:50. Saw the parking checker, who stopped and said “Don’t bother with the meter, it’s just ten minutes.” He drove around the corner and I plugged the meter — just in case.


22 posted on 05/14/2013 8:56:18 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: GunRunner

My point is that the city should be satisfied with its loot from the meters and the savings of not having to fund the ticket writers.


23 posted on 05/14/2013 8:58:26 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: doc1019

If the good samaritans don’t pay the meter the meter runs out and a ticket can be issued ... tickets make for more revenue then what the meter can produce.


Right. That’s what I was saying. Sure, they make more money, but there is no LAW that says who must put money in the meter.

They are greedy and outside of the law on this issue.


24 posted on 05/14/2013 8:58:58 PM PDT by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: MediaMole

If Milwaukee paid the same attention to general crime that it pays to parking enforcement, it’d be the safest town in America.


25 posted on 05/14/2013 9:00:54 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Oh, just BRING IT. This is as complete a loser of a case as I’ve seen in years. The city will get laughed out of court.


26 posted on 05/14/2013 9:03:19 PM PDT by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Feeding the meters I can kinda understand, though in some places it has been illegal for a long time.

I don’t understand why they are bothering the enforcement personnel.


27 posted on 05/14/2013 9:04:21 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: KittenClaws

Remember, the law makers make the laws. In many cities the law is that anyone feeding a parking meter not associated with their own parked car is committing a crime.

As a rookie cop walking a beat back in the day, I use to carry a pocket full of nickels to feed the meters ... use to drive my TO bonkers. When downtown, I still carry change to feed the meters whenever I see one about to expire ... old habits are hard to break.


28 posted on 05/14/2013 9:08:01 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Looks like the Sheriff of Nottingham is in charge of Keene, New Hampshire.


29 posted on 05/14/2013 9:13:43 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: IncPen

I take the “broken window” theory on Tyranny. Crush it, deride it, belittle those who perpetrate small Tyranny wherever it is found. That includes cops, judges, meter maids and city councilmen. These small Tyrannies encourage big tyranny.

Damn. No I get audited.


30 posted on 05/14/2013 9:17:09 PM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept?)
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To: DariusBane

Why is it illegal to help someone out of a jam and keep them from being lawbreakers?

ATTENTION: It is ILLEGAL to help keep people from breaking the law!

/sarcasm


31 posted on 05/14/2013 9:21:12 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: MediaMole

Maybe the meters will spit out tickets automatically soon


32 posted on 05/14/2013 9:22:04 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: doc1019

Good man.

As for me, I’d claim loudly that it was my car, indeed! Mankind is my brother, my sister, my mother, myself!!! It is my car!

How can liberals deny that? LOL!


33 posted on 05/14/2013 9:24:01 PM PDT by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: KittenClaws

Not a problem as long as you are not observed feeding more than one meter. LOL!


34 posted on 05/14/2013 9:25:47 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I like Cool Hand Luke’s attitude toward parking meters.


35 posted on 05/14/2013 9:28:24 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Jack Hydrazine

The meter maid must be an idiot if he can’t out think the robinhoods.


36 posted on 05/14/2013 9:29:44 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: doc1019

Not a problem as long as you are not observed feeding more than one meter. LOL!


LOL! If I ever did that, which I would not, believing in personal responsibility, but if I did, and was observed, I’d claim All Mankind as my brethren.

Let the hypocrites prove otherwise .


37 posted on 05/14/2013 9:31:21 PM PDT by KittenClaws (You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: DManA

And what was that?


38 posted on 05/14/2013 9:41:20 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I’m a conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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To: MediaMole

you saved yourself a ticket. we have hugely corrupted meter maids here in the city of milwaukee.


39 posted on 05/14/2013 9:47:23 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Paladin2

they’d only be arresting blacks and the white massachusettes anti-2a police chief doesn’t want that going on.


40 posted on 05/14/2013 9:48:27 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: GeronL

cop would tell you it’s an ordinance, not a law. then tell you yes.


41 posted on 05/14/2013 9:49:50 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Yet the city fathers wonder why folks like me flat out refuse to go downtown unless it’s unavoidable.

Last time I went for sushi there was one other car parked on the street, it was 6:45pm, and I got a $40 dollar ticket while I was getting change for the meter.


42 posted on 05/14/2013 9:51:38 PM PDT by Don W (There is no gun problem, there is a lack of humanity problem!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Luke cut off the heads of the meters, one after another.


43 posted on 05/14/2013 9:53:01 PM PDT by chulaivn66 (Semper Fidelis in Extremis)
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To: doc1019

Exactly! The meters are about tickets not the measly quarter.


44 posted on 05/14/2013 9:54:56 PM PDT by Orange1998
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To: doc1019
tickets make for more revenue then what the meter can produce.

And who the hell ever said that the job of government is to maximize revenue????

45 posted on 05/14/2013 9:56:30 PM PDT by Teacher317 (Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Keene, New Hampshire, is apparently shy of 23,000 people in the glorious town. And it has three meter..parking enforcement officers.

Contemplate that ratio.

If this whole Robin Hood thing continued, the city might have to raise even more taxes (and meter rates) to continue to employ such an army of parking...mai...enforcement officers.

Why on earth does that small of a town EVEN HAVE parking meters? Control, that's why. I hope that the Robin Hoods take this lawsuit as the hint that it is time to stop pecking at the cat, and instead eject it.

46 posted on 05/14/2013 9:58:40 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: Teacher317

The government.


47 posted on 05/14/2013 10:00:33 PM PDT by doc1019 (There is absolutely no difference between pro-choice and pro-abortion.)
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To: BenLurkin

“Feeding the meters I can kinda understand,”


Feeding the meters is a kind, human gesture. Something people should be doing more OF, imo.


48 posted on 05/14/2013 10:06:29 PM PDT by ourworldawry
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To: DManA

Don’t follow leaders, watch your parking meters.


49 posted on 05/14/2013 10:08:03 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Jack Hydrazine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bneviIHiIKs


50 posted on 05/14/2013 10:19:16 PM PDT by DManA
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