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The city of Boston is looking to hire 11 "parking meter supervisors" to patrol city streets and municipal lots looking for vehicles that merit you issuing parking tickets or that need to be simply towed away, all while acting in a "courteous and professional manner" as you explain the law to people who are getting a ticket or watching their car be hooked up to a tow truck.

Successful applications have to have at least two years of experience "accurately collecting and recording information and courteously responding to complaints and informational requests" - but that includes not just jobs such as customer service reps and traffic clerks but waiters, waitresses and receptionists.

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For cousins, inlaws and campaign sign holders...but times could have changed.

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my dream job would be the minutiae of meter maid with the authority of a State Cop

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That doesn't mean the jobs aren't set aside for people with connections.

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You would see that BTD is not doing their job. If they were there would be know need to report illegally parked vehicles. #doyourjob

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Hire a hundred people because they pay for themselves and much more and there are an unlimited number of criminal drivers in Boston. Think of the millions the city could collect from the losers who park on the sidewalk alone.

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The real issue is police enforcement; traffic enforcement is second order.

Hire more police to enforce basic traffic laws in the city, or better yet...get the cops who are already on the job to actually pull people over.

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100% agree with this. Hire cops whose sole purpose is going after motirists who commit moving violations.

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Are you really that clueless when it comes to automobiles, or is my theory of a traumatic driving experience in your youth true?

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I mean, I guess someone could be pushing these cars into illegal parking spaces, but other than that, presumably someone is driving them to those locations, and we might call that person a driver in common parlance.

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Not the driver. In fact, it is the owner of the vehicle, who isn't necessarily the driver and doesn't even need to have a driver's license (I owned a car for 4 months before getting a license), who is responsible for a parking ticket.

The worst thing for me is that I think getting more parking enforcement officers is a great idea. My commute via bus to Forest Hills via Washington Street has been slower recently, which probably has a lot to do with the cars parked in the bus lane. But driving and parking are distinct things

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of unnecessary pedantry.

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Look at who I was originally replying to. He certainly is a piece of something when it comes to the vast majority of Boston adults. At the end of the day, that he cannot figure out the difference between traffic enforcement and parking enforcement is on him.

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and you even said you agreed with their point! The rest of it is just pedantry about using "drivers" to refer to "the people who drove their cars to a particular spot and then left them there illegally", which, again, is pretty common parlance. At this point you're just splitting hairs so you can feel like you got one up on someone you don't like, but hey, I guess we all need hobbies.

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"I hate cars and drivers. Here's another chance for me to say that."

That is a far cry from saying it is a good thing to have parking enforcement, which doesn't affect him since he doesn't own a car or, it would seem, wants to interact with someone who owns one. It was a troll on his behalf and I stooped to his level.

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They mentioned increased ticketing of criminal/loser motorists that park illegally and drive on sidewalks, whats so trollish or hateful about that?

And again the pedantics about ticketing the car and driver just further confirm that you had no point to make.

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And as a regular reader, you know he does that shit all the time. No, the average driver is not a "criminal motorist", not by a longshot. He could have made his point a lot better. Heck, half the drivers in Boston could have made the same point in earnest. He doesn't add to the conversation, only snipes like he did this time. I caught him in a slipup and mentioned it.

I guess my point is that Kinopio is a troll. Why this is a concern to me I don't know. Probably not the healthiest thing.

But to the point, what's your point?

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And anecdotally it happens enough that the city could be handing out lots of tickets for it. That was Kinopio's original point in asking for hiring of even more traffic agents, thats enough to trigger you?

As a regular reader, yeah I'm pretty aware of his shtick and how he lives rent free in your head.

My point is that you're a self-aware troll that makes baseless personal attacks and pedantically moves the goal-posts when things aren't going your way.

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I mean it's criminal to drive and park a car on the sidewalk

As long as we're being pedantic, someone seems to not understand the distinction between "illegal" and "criminal"

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Were Kinopio to have just griped about the scourge of illegal parking, I would have agreed with him, but he can't let a story about motor vehicles go by without calling drivers criminals.

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https://malegislature.gov/laws/generallaws/parti/titlexiv/chapter90/sect...

Whoever upon any way or in any place to which the public has a right of access, or any place to which members of the public have access as invitees or licensees, operates a motor vehicle recklessly, or operates such a vehicle negligently so that the lives or safety of the public might be endangered,

https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/08/nc/citable-civil-motor-vehi...

CRIMINAL AUTOMOBILE LAW VIOLATIONS citable under G.L. c.90C, § 3(B) are identified in this table with the word “CRIMINAL” in the “ASSESSMENT” column.

90/24/E NEGLIGENT OPERATION OF MOTOR VEHICLE c90 §24(2)(a) CRIMINAL
90/24/O RECKLESS OPERATION OF MOTOR VEHICLE c90 §24(2)(a) CRIMINAL

Driving on the sidewalk is reckless/negligent, which is a motor vehicle crime. Please tell me how cars driving on the sidewalk isn't a threat to public safety.

Something something pedantics, amirite? Next.

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Do I commit a criminal act each time? Is it reckless driving?

I would imagine that a fair bit more than the wheels going over the curb would be the totality of reckless driving.

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Obviously you're allowed to traverse over a public sidewalk from your private driveway, taking care to yield to pedestrians, which is obviously not reckless or negligent and obviously something infrastructure like curb cuts are designed for. Obviously.

Now of course if you failed to yield or ran someone over, crashed into another vehicle when pulling onto the street or mounted a curb and drove down the sidewalk to park? Not so much, thanks for playing!

I would imagine that a fair bit more than the wheels going over the curb would be the totality of reckless driving.

Yeah you would think you would've imagined this when conjuring up your strawman but here we are.

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Which one of us was the strawman? Was it the guy that decided that any car parked on a sidewalk (which, to be clear, is dickish behavior) was an example of reckless driving, maybe?

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Gotta drive on the sidewalk before you can park on the sidewalk.

Its a public safety threat, pretty simple.

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You gotta stick to your guns, I guess, no matter how much common sense gets in the way. I guess a rigid ideology has some benefits. Someday I might find out that they are.

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Yet some constantly like to remind others that it is a civil infraction. Interestingly, so are parking violations.

Driving on the sidewalk is a different matter. And yes, to park one would have to drive the car. I would say that people are being pedantic about that, wouldn't you?

As far as your troll accusation, I'll accept that I'm as much a troll as you are, and honestly, despite how much I bitch to you about thing, I'd be hesitant to lay the claim. You do the same shit I do. I have never changed one iota of my first claim in my response to Kinopio. No goalposts moved. I've also explained why he got under my skin, so if you cannot comprehend that, that's on you. The man (or woman) never contributes positively to discussion. He spews hate in interestingly disappears. That's his game. I'll dig my own grave, but I own what I write, or admit that I'm wrong.

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It's criminal to be in the US illegally

Sigh... Not this again.

It's criminal to enter the US illegally. Simply being in the US illegally, for example, by entering legally on a tourist visa and overstaying, is illegal, but not criminal.

Congress could, of course, have chosen to make illegal presence a crime, but chose not to do so.

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This happens to be for Oregon, but similar is true in most states.

http://www.shortlawgroup.com/blog/2016/02/what-is-the-difference-between...

In order for an offense to be a crime, the sentence for the offense must include imprisonment. In other words, if imprisonment is authorized upon conviction, the offense is a crime. A crime can be further classified into either a felony or a misdemeanor.

On the other hand, a violation is an offense where the punishment does not include imprisonment. In these cases, the punishment includes a fine. An offense can also be considered a violation when it is being created by some subdivision within the state. These can include a city, county or other district. Additionally, there are situations where misdemeanor crimes can be treated like violations under certain circumstances.

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Suffice to say, many treat unauthorized presence in the US as being akin to parking in a handicapped spot.

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Kinopio makes a pretty tame and honest take about traffic enforcement and you employ gold-medal levels of mental gymnastics because he/she/they said something mean about cars or whatever.

Oh and the jab about a traumatic driving experience is so hilarious, yes lets make up some juvenile narrative and disparage others because of the mental impacts of road violence, so funny.

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Are people just parking in the bus lane during the closure period without penalty? That has got to be stopped ASAP.

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REPORT THEM ON 311 APP, take a pic and upload it. I UTTERLY DESPISE THOSE Forest hills Double parking PPL. Does transit police ever do anything either other thandriver around the city(serious question)

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If it's a legitimate problem then yes I guess. I definitely don't want hundreds of people looking to tag anyone who is one minute over their parking meter.

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Now that we have digital meters that can show how long ago they expired, we should change the law so staying 1 minute over doesn't cost as much as staying an extra hour.

And now that it's easy to issue digital cameras to all meter maids and link the photos to the ticket, they should be required to take a picture of the meter to show that it's actually expired, and you car is in the space. No more writing tickets a few minutes in advance because they guess you won't be back in time.

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They can't come fast enough. Much rather deal with a robot vs human 'parking inspector'.

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How do you bribe a robot? (Can of oil?)

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With blackjack and hookers.

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Recently I watched a guy freak out at the parking officer who just ticketed him, getting all up in his face, and the officer very nonchalantly told him, "Catch me outside this uniform" and walked away.

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There are these super fast enforcement vehicles in use in other places to quickly move illegally parked cars. See, for example, this <1 minute tow: https://youtu.be/yOVn_-9-3u4

Can you imagine if we deployed these to pick up every car that's left double-parked in a bike lane or bus stop or bus lane in Boston?

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