Wednesday, May 27, 2009

No More Tickets

That's the word from on high.
  • In yet another breakdown in the city's automated parking meter system, nearly half of the new boxes broke down this morning.

    CBS 2's Vince Gerasole reports that about 200 or the 500 new boxes in which motorists deposit money and then get a receipt to display on their vehicle are not working.

    A city traffic aide reported that several boxes across the Loop are down and that no tickets will be issued until the problem is resolved.
So park wherever you want for a while. 200 out of 500 boxes all quit working at the same time? Sounds like someone needs to have their contract re-evaluated.

And be prepared for Daley to say he's even more broke than before.

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35 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quick question: If the meter box on my block is broke, do I need to obtain a ticket from the box across the street?

What if that one is broken?

Do I then I have to walk a block up and then a block back?

What if the one a block up is broken also?

5/27/2009 01:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you think that asshole daley is giving back one dime of the billion for the meters you're crazy.

5/27/2009 01:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wondering. Since LAZ and Chicago Parking Meter company get to charge the city for use of a meter when the meter is put out of commission for street repairs or other reasons can the city charge LAZ for the lost revenue caused by meter boxes that don't work? I'm certain a bill is already in the mail...

5/27/2009 01:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is GODS way of telling you to STOP writing tickets. As a Thin Blue Line.

5/27/2009 01:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LAZZ guy on the street was handing out FREE parking reciepts that were good till 9PM to anyone who asked. He was on Wabash & VanBRuen at 1300.

5/27/2009 02:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT SCC there was an accident in 022 this morning involving an on duty P.O. who is in critical condition. His gun wwas supposedly taken from him by the animals on scene. Pray for this officer and his family.

5/27/2009 02:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT: Thanks to the 020th District guys who responded to my place while I was out of town. My sister was very appreciative.

5/27/2009 03:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad I don't park on the street in Chicago!

Only wondering...when will they install meters in the District lots?

5/27/2009 03:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have to hunt down the piece of shit that took our "brothers" gun from him when he was in a paralyzed state!!
God help that piece of shit when we get a hold of him--signed a very angry PO!!

5/27/2009 03:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TERM FUCKING LIMITS....THAT IS ALL

5/27/2009 04:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4 Guys were out looking at the meters around Irving/Austin the other day. Hope they missed the ones on the nearby side street that had been yanked out of the ground and disposed of.

5/27/2009 04:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also heard that the Kansas City firm that installed the GPS system in our falling apart cars has not been paid.

How long before the media picks that up, or the company pulls the on the system.

Remember that GPS is there for your protection.

5/27/2009 04:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recruits will return to the street to write more parking tickets. Another source of revenue. Maybe they could suspend training for the summer and have recruits write parking tickets every day? Start at the fire academy. They showed the recruits how the power hose works. Let recruits show how parking tickets work. Pay back is a bitch.

5/27/2009 04:50:00 PM  
Blogger Phil Schitz here said...

While Ace Reporter Phil Schitz searched the streets for a story near Chicago's City Hall, he encountered a group of young rookie officers with parking ticket books.
An anonymous rookie officer agreed to talk with this reporter.
"Yesterday, the supervisors were yelling at us to write more metered parking violations. I don't like getting yelled at and I certainly don't like writing tickets because I came on this job to arrest bad guys. But that doesn't look like it's going to happen anytime soon. Nobody wants to catch bad guys because all you're going to catch is a lawsuit."
"Today our sergeant came running up to us out of breath and yelled for us not to write anymore parkers because the company responsible for the parking meters screwed up again. It seems like we're always getting screamed at because of somebody else's screw up."
The rookie officer related he asked his sergeant what the problem was.
"My sergeant told me people were putting money in the meter boxes, but they weren't getting a receipt. They were told to go to another box and pay some more."
Added the young officer, "Sarge said they're getting calls of people going nuts and taking aluminum baseball bats to the boxes. Then this 'Car 47' guy came over the city-wide one radio channel and said he was worried about a possible riot and to hide all parking ticket books from public view."
The officer nodded his head towards the three foot by three foot box in his arms that appeared to be heavy and said, "I've been hauling this heavy box filled with ticket books around all morning. My arms hurt and nobody else I'm working with wants to haul the box around either. I purposely brought out this box of tickets so we could write a lot of tickets and the sergeants would stay off our asses. Now I'm stuck with it. We don't have a squad car here, so I can't stick it in the trunk. The police academy made us take public transportation down to the Loop."
As the officer suddenly turned and walked down a secluded alley, he said,"It sounds like the public is really getting upset with the police over all of these tickets the Mayor's been pushing to raise revenue. I hope I'm not starting my career just in time for some crazy riots," as he stopped in front of a dumpster and opened it. He looked left, then right and said, "The heck with it." as he tossed in the box.

5/27/2009 05:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scumtimes-today: "At one point a “couple of hundred” of the payboxes in the central business district were broken, according to Avis LaVelle, a spokeswoman for Chicago Parking Meters LLC, the company that paid the city $1.15 billion to take over its meter franchise."

Avis LaVelle...been working for the Daley Crime Syndicate for years.

5/27/2009 05:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those parking meters are just like daley. They aren't worth shit !!!!

5/27/2009 06:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The biggest revelation this story brought out is that LAZ's spokesperson is Avis LaVelle. Further proof that LAZ is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daley, Inc.

5/27/2009 06:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

parked downtown today with squad, tried to pay the box, didn't work; so i call the number on the box to report it... call taker says that all boxes citywide were not operational today.
you have got to love this city

5/27/2009 07:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT
http://www.nbcchicago.com/around_town/debates/
The above link is for a vote as to the best newspaper. Scum Times or Trib. Maybe everybody would like to cast a vote against the Scum Times. I did. Would be nice to see them lose in a landslide.

5/27/2009 08:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is good. Story in Chicago Breaking news that J-Fed assisted in nabbing a robbery suspect. Says his driver got out the car, the suspect dropped a gun and J-Fed assisted in taking the guy into custody. J-Fed probably flexed his muscles at him or blinded the offender with his forehead.

5/27/2009 08:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a fucking nightmare.

5/27/2009 08:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fellas, relax. This entire contract was written just so Avis and Cortez could get rich. Don't you understand?

It's the Chicago way.

5/27/2009 08:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT -
Doesn't Xerox have a contract with the city to maintain the Xerox machines in all the units?

If so, then why has the ONLY Xerox machine at the Academy been down for over a 30 days now?

In the past, if a machine was broken or needed a part, the ft. office staff would call Xerox and shazam the next day the Xerox repairman was out and fixed the broken machine.

Now, since the Academy has an "Administrative Mgr" (I use that term loosely because many question her job functions and abilities) it takes months to get equipment repaired.

WHY?

5/27/2009 09:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we are so ready for 2016.

5/27/2009 10:35:00 PM  
Blogger Mia Barista said...

I got wind of this earlier this afternoon! That's wild!

5/27/2009 10:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"As the officer suddenly turned and walked down a secluded alley, he said, 'It sounds like the public is really getting upset with the police over all of these tickets the Mayor's been pushing to raise revenue. I hope I'm not starting my career just in time for some crazy riots,' as he stopped in front of a dumpster and opened it. He looked left, then right and said, 'The heck with it.' as he tossed in the box.

5/27/2009 05:03:00 PM"


Yeah.... Yeah.... THAT'S THE TICKET!

5/27/2009 11:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like I said..Meter-Schmeeter

5/27/2009 11:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went downtown today and when I couldn't pay my meter, I wrote myself a ticket.

5/27/2009 11:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I went downtown today and when I couldn't pay my meter, I wrote myself a ticket.

5/27/2009 11:54:00 PM"


Is that you, Missy?

5/28/2009 01:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LAZ and Chicago Parking Meter Company are owned by JP Morgan Stanley..William Daley is a big shot with JP Morgan Stanley.Ya dont have to be a nuclear physicist to figure this whole deal out.Fitzgerald wont do anything about the Daley Crime Family..He is bought and paid for.

5/28/2009 03:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tickets? We still write tickets? Wow, I haven't written one in over a year.

5/28/2009 10:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Hot Pursuit said...

I don't have to worry about over priced parking boxes or dipshits from the revenue dept., I can park where ever I want... no problem, no tickets, I just had my van setup just like the Ch 2 news, hell I even have a blowup troll doll in the passengers seat... It's ticket proof.

5/28/2009 06:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One for the conspiracy types: Daley had somebody hack in the parking company's computers. They caused the system to crash. He'll do this a couple of more times.

He'll then declare them to be incompetant and fire them.

The City will keep the up front money and keep the money from the meters from now on.

Doesn't sound that implausable, does it?

5/28/2009 06:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tickets? We still write tickets? Wow, I haven't written one in over a year.

Dutch Rudder is that you?

5/29/2009 01:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to all the real police dont write any tickets dont give in to the boss we did it in 1990 and with in two weeks to had a contract

6/02/2009 08:17:00 PM  

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