Saturday, January 23, 2016

Lesson Learned?

Thursday around noon, Sellen Street, town center
Friday around noon, Sellen Street, town center

In the past year I've spotted and photographed three vehicles in town center with a "denver boot" attached.  Being bright orange they are pretty hard to miss.  And all three times, within hours, the driver had paid their parking tickets so the boot would be removed.

According to Treasurer/Collector Parking Director Claire McGinnis the town has two boots although she can only remember maybe one occasion over the past ten years when both were in use at the same time.



The boot is used when a driver has accumulated five unpaid tickets, and since a simple parking meter violation is only $10 that five ticket threshold is not all that much in actual dollars.  Of course there's additional late fees on each ticket, and an additional $25 charge to remove the boot, $50 the second time and $75 the third time.

Which is why I'm a little surprised this driver has not gotten the message, and still let the parking meter expire.

 Town takes in almost as much in fines/violations as it does for routine meter fees

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Throw the book at the bum. He needs more then a $50.00 ticket. A good lesson in following the rules of the law may be needed with this NITWIT!

Anonymous said...

As a crippled for life victim of a hit and run drunk driving CRIMINAL- I am forced to use handicapped parking. When I often see say a group of tweeny puke-ups using the handicapped parking I need to pick up my pain- managment meds-so they can buy cartons of cigarettes-yet more substance abuse.brainless.for just such a demographic destroying my life..I really do wish they would get the "Boot"-ASAP. This logic might extend to rednecks who make a habit of always flipping the "Bird" at disabled pedestrians legally using the ped-x-ings-too !!!

Anonymous said...

Boo hop, quit your whining and deal with it like everybody else!

Anonymous said...

And the entire business district is moving to Hadley where there are no parking meters. Nor disabled pedestrians.

Anonymous said...

It's a NY plate parked near Amherst College, PLEASE.... It's Daddy's money, no lessons to be learned here.... Fine them $1000 to take the boot off, they'll pay it and nothing will change.

Anonymous said...

Stop reveling in your victimhood. I'm crippled for life too. Yes it sucks. So what?

Anonymous said...

It sure is a poorly written notice. "Do not remove this vehicle". How would I do that? It should say something like what every other town says that boots - This vehicle has been immobilized. Damage will be done of vehicle is moved.

Anonymous said...

WoW, The anon trollariuses retirts are busy wallowing in self pity over theyre disease addictiin !!! Ever think we could all be more Sympathetic " if you anons could hold it to yourself ??? Just say'n , Go Figure !??

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:56, don't you speak English? Do you think anybody cares what you think. Look in a mirror you idiot.

Anonymous said...

I've always wondered why someone simply doesn't simply torch the car.

Boot will make it MUCH more difficult for AFD, insurance company will subrogate claim to town for damages as town technically had a duty of custodial care for the vehicle, and Jr. gets a new one as well. And any adjacent cars get damaged, those people are p****d at the Town, and Amherst auto insurance rates go up.

Notice that UMass doesn't use these things...

Anonymous said...

Has someone kidnapped this upstanding blogger and posted this specific threat (January 25, 2016 at 7:56 PM) of a terrorist act in Amherst?