too much typing—since 2003


you think your parking tickets are bad?

Here's the sort of thing that gives government a bad name (and provides ammunition to right-wing nuts who think all government is out to rule the planet with an iron fist). The most ridiculous thing about this situation is: the city doesn't want to own the guy's property, yet too many of the bureaucrats interviewed in this situation seem to imagine that laws are rules for robots - rather than realizing that the reason we have actual humans charged with interpreting regulations is precisely to work with exceptional situations, such as this man's.

Of course, it's absurd on its face that any sort of parking regulation could lead to forfeiture of a house valued at a quarter-million dollars - parking simply isn't that important. At the very, very most, you'd think forfeiting the vehicle would be the most extreme remedy. But in this situation, nearly everyone involved seems to have failed to apply any sort of common sense or problem-solving skills (and I do include the owner who, despite his apparent disabilities and limitations, still seems to be acting rather pig-headedly here).

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