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Pre-paid Parking Tickets

Parking tickets are really nothing more than exorbitantly priced parking rates.
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As a luxury service you would hereby be able to pay the total combined amount of fines you could receive in any given period in return for parking wherever the hell you want (except near fire hydrants or in the middle of the street). It is understood under this arrangement that the client is exempt from any fines, liens, towing, or other punishment or repercussions.

The municipality gets more income than it otherwise would, while the status conscious get to park with impunity. It’s unlikely that extra congestion would ensue, as the plan would be priced (as noted above) so that it wouldn’t really become popular with the general driving public.

So there.

snarfyguy, May 20 2003


       We've done this before. Prepaid parking tickets differ neither a jot nor a tittle from existing pre-paid parking schemes. NYC now requires just such parking tickets for all trucks, whether they are legally parked or not. But wait - you live in NYC - guess you missed that press release.
DrCurry, May 20 2003

       I searched, but I didn't see it.   

       The only other pre-paid parking schemes I know of are monthly garage / lot rental and seasonal / residential / beach - style parking permits that show you live in the area.   

       This idea is different from those in that here you can park more or less anywhere in the locality, whenever and for however long you want.
snarfyguy, May 20 2003

       Yes this exact idea, with this exact name, was definitely here before. The author must have removed it.   

       I remember being quite vehemently against it. I likened it to selling indulgences.   

       Parking fines are a form of punishment, meant to prevent people from violating a law. You shouldn't be able to buy the right to violate the law.
waugsqueke, May 20 2003

       I agree with you, waugs. I don't recall the previous iteration of this idea, but I hope it's clear that the intent here is satirical. Maybe I should have made it more over the top.
snarfyguy, May 20 2003

       Ah. It's clear now, thanks, snarf. The previous author was quite serious.
waugsqueke, May 20 2003

       Waugsqueke, don't you know that fines are meant to allow people to buy the right to violate the law.
davidcreede, Jul 21 2003


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