• CoffeeJunkie@lemmy.cafe
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      Doesn’t matter. They’re all pretty cheap & there are tricks to getting them off. What really will fuck you is they enter in all your vehicle information, they’ll grab your address & everything, and they’ll legally harass & fine the shit out of you.

      Everybody involved kinda sucks. None of this is okay. I think it’s pretty fucking stupid, to pay for parking, to pay parking tickets. BUT: the alternative to all these cute little boots & wasting your time, money is they physically yoink your car & impound it in a towyard. Which is annoying AF. So instead they boot it & hope you’re a decent, normal person that doesn’t crack car boots.

      …so if you find your car booted, unless you want to encourage them towing away vehicles all willy-nilly…just pay the stupid fine. And try not to park in pay lots in the future.

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          Not taking a side but still trying to start a fight. Interesting take.

          But sure if you want it: Drivers or not, free parking and the driving incentive it provides are massive drains on the taxpayers. It’s a net-negative. The fuckcars crowd can back everything with historical examples, studies, and all manner of hard evidence and the people that don’t even know how many cylinders their cars have only have embarrassing outrage. Of course they’re annoyed, car-centric infrastructure is actively hurting everyone and not a scrap evidence shows that it’s truly beneficial for literally anyone save for incredibly niche cases that aren’t ever what anyone is talking about. You should be pissed.

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            A few points to be had: we are (probably) arguing about viability in two very, very different worlds. I am predominantly small-town & country. Somebody from Chicago referred to our one big city as a “small city”, lol. So for where I live and our lifestyle, pay lots are frustrating AF. Dumb AF. By & large unnecessary. Hell I only know of a few in the area. My experience with pay-lots is when I visit larger cities like Chicago, I think Nashville at one point.

            Now I can see how people that live & work in a bigger city, land usage is at a ridiculous premium. You’re all living on top of each other. Big, empty, free parking lots would be a waste & headache. I can see city dwellers, more used to the nonsense, maybe with a streamlined process to park & pay (passes & whatnot) can benefit. I’m all for helping the taxpayers.

            Pay-lots are just a part of somebody else’s life that I don’t have to (and do not want to) deal with. But I say…respect the car boot, pay the fines, because the alternative is worse for all of us.

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              Oddly enough, mid and high density areas aren’t just for big cities. I know that’s not how North America handles things when it comes to medium-sized cities and small towns but absolutely you can create more efficient towns and living situations even away from large city centers.

              The biggest thing that really put it well for me is someone pointing out that frontier towns, or really any town before the car, weren’t spread out just because the population was lower and they had the space. Everything had to be walkable because that’s the only way you could get around; it was human-scaled. There’s no reason we can’t build like that today to create better, stronger cities even when they’re “small”.

              Heck where I grew up if you’re lucky enough to live closer to the actual village and not sequestered away in one of the residential-only suburbs you don’t even need a car for your basic life. For commuting yes because we’re not there yet as a society but you can do a lot of stuff in the village as it and the nearby housing was built before the car. Where I live now in Montréal I can happily say that if you dropped my 15min city/borough onto a patch of land by itself you’d need very few modifications to make it a fully functioning city all on its own. I have never felt like people in my mid-density area “live on top of one another”, either, despite literally having upstairs neighbours.

              My point is that you don’t need to sprawl and make driving a requirement at any scale. You can make a town of 500 people just as close and connected as a city of 1mil people.

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      I hate this picture so damn much. It’s so obvious how this wouldn’t work, yet people have been reposting this for ages.

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        Dude 30 seconds with a bandsaw or angle grinder and that boot is toast, of course he brought the whole thing home

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          If that’s the case why change the tires? Why not just remove the clamps?

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            Probably didn’t have his angle grinder on him, people don’t normally just carry those around. But he’s probably got one in his garage.

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      Those boots are easily pried off or drilled out. Pretty sure it took lock picking lawyer like 30 seconds to get into one.

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      I’m pretty sure it does, it looks visible through the wheel. I also think it’s kind of telling that in the first picture the wheel is already off the car, it doesn’t show them removing the lug nuts at all.

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    This is the day you will always remember as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow.

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    this greentext collage made the rounds amongst my friend group not that long ago:


    (direct link)

    when i think of boots, i think of it. so, i’m now thinking of it.
    HONNNNNK

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    Hah, my colleague did that, it got booted at a private property. It was late and he wanted to go home. Then after he left they took his wheel and threatened to dispose of it, he just threatened to call the actual police for theft of the wheel. Didn’t have to pay at the end.

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    Those free tire stands sure do come in handy when you need to change a flat.