Skip to comments.'Robin Hoods' who feed parking meters are hit with lawsuit in New Hampshire
Posted on 05/18/2013 3:52:34 AM PDT by billorites
A group of self-styled Robin Hoods who scamper around the streets of a New Hampshire city and feed expired parking meters for strangers has been hit with a harassment lawsuit.
The city of Keene says its three parking inspectors have been taunted, insulted and followed by the group to the point that one of them says he has suffered heart palpitations and is thinking about quitting his job.
In its lawsuit, the city is asking a court to order the group not to come within 50 feet of the parking inspectors.
The suit names six defendants, most of them bloggers for Free Keene, which describes itself on its Facebook page as your connection to the liberty activism movement in New Hampshire.
One of the six, Ian Freeman, told NBC News that The Robin Hooders have always been courteous in my experience and pointed out that the city has not charged them criminally with harassment.
The city is upset because they are losing revenue and are coming up with anything they can to try to stop it, he said.
He also noted that the citys job description for parking inspectors, included as part of the lawsuit, requires that inspectors endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of the public.
The city attorney in Keene did not immediately respond to a call for comment from NBC News.
After they feed a meter, members of the group place a card on the windshield of the car that says: We saved you from the kings tariffs. Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Please consider paying it forward. The card features the Disney depiction of Robin Hood as a fox.
The group has fans in Keene, a city of about 23,000 near the Massachusetts state line.
My husband had it a few weeks ago, Pam Stetzer told NBC affiliate WHDH in Boston. He was just running a little late in one of the stores and when he came back he had the little card there saying they had put a little extra money in for him. It definitely saved him.
Another member of the group, James Cleaveland, told The New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper that the group has stopped the inspectors from writing about 4,000 tickets.
The three parking inspectors, in affidavits filed with the lawsuits, say that the taunts from the group have ranged from accusations of racism to basic trash-talk.
One of the inspectors, Linda Desruisseaux, said that one of the six liked to taunt her by saying, Linda, guess what youre not going to do today write tickets.
Roving mobs of citizens doing good for others. What has the world come to ? Where will it end ?
Save us from good deeds !!!!!!
>>>One of the inspectors, Linda Desruisseaux, said that one of the six liked to taunt her by saying, Linda, guess what youre not going to do today write tickets.>>>>
Mild taunt... perhaps,
“Linda, guess what youre not going to do today write tickets.”
Oh, the humanity.
I dunno. Usually, if someone tells me they’re going to make it unnecessary for me to complete a significant amount of paperwork, I wouldn’t classify that as harassment.
A great example of citizens standing up to over-bearing, trough-feeding political pigs.
This is how local governments confiscates money. They not only rely on violations, they seek them out. Here in NY State, Towns and Villages routinely set up traffic stops to check for expired inspection stickers or registrations. The police who do this are ALWAYS paid overtime.
I was stopped two weeks ago for failing to have my new 2012 car re-inspected. The fine was $50, the surchage to the local government was $85 making the total bill $135! This is going on all over and is a pure abuse of trust and power.
You live in NY. That explains it all. Not that police everywhere don't take relish in enforcing these endless useless regulations - gotta keep that ticket quota up.
O M G !
The Nerve !
The HORROR !
Off with the peasant's head, and give that tissue-skinned a full PTSD pension !
This isn’t a random act of kindness kind of group. They are going beyond putting money in the meters. They are more like harassing the meter workers to make a larger point. If you watch the video you will hear a freaky OWS type saying that he only uses the first names of the workers in his “publications”.
There is more to this.
I have an issue with the stalking the parking enforcement people but no problem with them randomly walking around and feeding meters. I remember seeing people do that in DC and in Arlington too.
ban quarters. if it prevents just one nervous ticket writer, it’s worth it.
Beautiful, just beautiful! I love it!
And they are true images of the legendary Robin Hood, not the myth of Robin Hood stealing from the rich and giving to the poor but the ancient portrayal of him as taking from unauthorized tax collectors and giving it back to the people.
Is it just Parking Inspectors, or should this be all government employees when faced with their obligation to perform tasks that most people find unpleasant or un-needed? Just think if Nancy Pelosi had to follow such a job rule...
And Parking Inspector? Seems pompous. I wonder if the Beatles would have done, "Hector, Lovely Parking Inspector" if that job title existed back in the day.
We need Coolhand Luke and his pipe cutter.
So throw a penalty flag for taunting already! Good grief Charlie Brown, taunting? Is that what we have come to to worry about taunting in that we have to file a lawsuit that has far more reaching implications on how many amendment to the Constitution?
Everybody in this country needs to put their adult pants on! So what if they are taunting, there is nothing, I repeat, NOTHING, in the Constitution about a right to guard against being offended.
I am sure that I am not alone in that some of the points of the Occupy weirdos were in fact Tea Party points but their delivery was stupid and counterproductive. I will support anyone who sticks it back to any government bureaucracy provided it is in a non-violent way and I will defend their right to say anything they will in that process. What I will not defend if they engage in any actions to get their point across that intrudes on anyone else like storming an office with the intent on disrupting other peoples access and business.
The yoots may seem like Occupy troublemakers, but if they are targeting bureaucracies with mischief (adding money to parking meters) and making it obvious to everyone why, including the meter maids, then have at it. As far as the one saying they were getting heart palpitations, maybe she/he is not up to the job of life. Did you ever consider these meter maids could care less what you think on any given day, in uniform or not?
"I fart in your general direction."
"Don't follow leaders/Watch your parking meters"
My thoughts exactly.
Recently there was a thread about shortened yellow-lights, to induce tickets from red-light cameras.
Are these parking meters digital? If they are do they keep accurate time or do they run fast?
this is the part that will really get them in trouble. wait til disney hears about it.
Parking meters = parking tax collected with the same zeal as the IRS targets conservatives for audit.
I got a 20 dollar ticket at 6:00pm for being at one of them. The meters are supposed to stop at 5:00 when people got out of work, but they found that keeping some until 6 would nab a nice cash shot because most of us have no idea that they would have done something like this.
The fact that they think they are Robin Hood is hilarious. These left wing blogger morons vote for Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham every election.
As for the hatred of parking meters I'm ambivalent. Should we tax everyone or just people who can't tell time?
These Robin Hood guys are RACIST!
Consider, though: if there were no parking meters, how hard would it be to find a place to park?
These are refugees from the ‘Free State Project’...Keene is their ‘headquarters’ for all intents and purposes, since the influx of rude/arrogant New Yorkers (spit) has muted their influence in the rest of the state. ‘Free State’, my *ss...more government regulation in Red Hampshire than I have seen anywhere.
This is Communism folks. Backwards reasoning to confuse citizens.
Maybe Americans are so uneducated that they have no idea what Communism even is.
Most Americans have been told that anybody using the word Communism are Nuts, Loons,
and Crazy insane political hacks who are dangerous and must be ignored or stopped.
They are being told this in Schools, Colleges and in the biased Media.
Keene is a communist out post in Western NH. There is an ongoing war between the commies at Keene State and the local politburo in City Gov and a fairly large Libertarian population.
Now, now...can't damage the self-esteem of your haughty and arrogant New England government overlords...they are 'parking inspectors'. ROTFLMAOPIMP!
What we have here, is failure, to communicate.
failure to communicate.....
Three full time ticket writers for a city of only 23,000? That seems excessive! Each one must clear his cost in tickets each year. That is an insane amount of tribute collected from only 23000 people . No wonder they’re revolting!
Sounds like jist ol fashion Thugery to me.
the criminals are in control.
I haven’t gotten a parking ticket in probably 8 years or so, but that’s only because I got so many of them so consistently that I decided I just HAD to make sure I had plenty of quarters in my pocket whenever I had a job in the grinding, traffic-clogged burg of FT. LEE, NEW JERSEY, which was very often , since I had a bunch of regular customers who had various Real Estate there. There would be one scrawny little 60ish woman who would visit and re-visit cars along the business district strip, and make sure to get there THE MINUTE the meter expired. There are ALWAYS meters that don’t work, that swallow your quarters, and happen also to be the only vacant meters in the immediate area,leaving you with the choice of just taking your chances or driving around for ten minutes until you can find another meter reasonably close to where you have to go. This is in a town
which built a VAST public parking lot, using taxpayer dollars, in the middle of the business district, manned by automatic machines that require you to punch in your parking space number, feed the appropriate # of quarters, receive your little ticket, and place it in your windshield where the meter maid can see it. In best Big Gov tradition, your tax dollars are being used directly to punish, fine and MAKE YOU PAY AND PAY AGAIN. A self-enclosed circle of futility for the taxpayer, which is enough to make anyone crazy, and very very pissed off over time, because there is NOTHING behind it except extortion, and the funding of more and more
“projects” like this, which serve as successful examples of
the stranglehold they have citizens in.
We saved you from the kings tariffs. Robin Hood and his Merry Men. “
THIS is why the town is mad. They HATE it when we stop being sheep.
I agree with ya on KEENE. It seems our state has been in a tug of war for awhile now, red, blue no red wait blue.
Maybe the voter id law will help to solve that.
EXCELLENT post, especially the subtle point about OWS.
(which group, by the way, faded into obscurity rather than gathered steam, because they were alternately owned/disowned
by whichever Interest Group could exploit their thoroughly confused message.) You’re onto something.
it’s funny how various parts of the country treat their citizens so different.
Here in the Texas town I live in not only is all downtown street parking free (with a two hour limit) but the business owners have banded together and formed an organization that makes additional improvements to the area like free parking lots and access to a free shuttle that travels around downtown to make it easier to patronize various downtown businesses while only having to park once.
Ehen I was a member of the Exchange Club, a national service club, our local secretary, a retired banker, was provided with a budget line item for meter change, which he would put into expired meters where the cars had out of state license plates.
He would then insert into their wiper a card that told the story of our city (York, PA), and of our service club.
You’re right, but keep in mind that parking meters have a function that goes way beyond just raising revenue with the meters. In a commercial district, the main purpose of a parking meter with a time limit is to ensure that the parking spaces are vacated frequently — thereby allowing customers to patronize local businesses without getting hindered by local residents (or employees of local businesses) parking in the same spaces for hours or days at a time.
If I keep up my outspoken public dissent against this administration, I will probably be on a chain gang somewhere.
I am no longer a conspiracy theorist. Im a conspiracy factualist.
seeing your name I though you might be interested
1. The first was in 1981 as I was headed to Ft. Bliss. I put money in the meter and set my stop watch. I return 5 minutes before the expiration, the meter maid had just written the ticket. I point to the meter that still had 5 minutes on it, but the expired flag was there. She just shrugged her shoulders about the meter being broken.
2. I went to New Orleans in 2002, stayed at a Comfort Inn near downtown with valet parking so never parked on a city block. 2 years later I got a parking ticket in the mail with late fees totaling over $150. I can only guess the scumbag Valet Parkers just tore up the ticket. I got NO to rescind the late fees, but still had to pay the fine.
So I am all for these Robin Hoods.
EVERYTHING I’ve been made aware of about Texas in recent years has made me positively LUST to move there at some point when we can swing it. There is simply NO WAY OUT of the stranglehold of high taxes here in this NY/NJ corridor.
Everywhere you turn, you pay through the teeth for the “privilege” of being inconvenienced. The George Washington
Bridge,for example, now costs FOURTEEN DOLLARS TO CROSS, all in order to get into NYC and be subjected to more of Mayor Bloomberg’s fiefdom. The GWB serves as a prime example of
Big Gov in action: decades ago, its initial tolls were put in place only to (presumably) pay for its construction and maintainence, and were a few bucks-—predictably, they have risen year by year from the 2 or 3 dollars they were when I moved here in 1985 to the $14 they are today.
That is exactly the meaning of my freeper name. Most conspiracies are due to overactive imaginations. Others bear a little deeper research. Was 9/11/01 an inside job? Nope. Was 9/11/12 a cover up to hide incompetence, or worse, dereliction of duty that cost 4 American lives? Yep.