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  • Paul Campbell,

    Kyle - it's not that they need parking wardens per-se but they need the parking wardens to write the tickets and they need the tickets to collect the fines. Because after all parking fines make for good city income.

    Still - can't be as bad as Dunedin's recent parking debacle where the city council managed to piss off just everyone in the city by almost doubling the number of meters and converting a lot of the P15/30 spots into metered parking - probably in an attempt to cover some of the cost of the stadium. The result has pushed the cars of people who used to park all day downtown further into the surrounding neighbourhoods pissing those people off too.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2622 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    So all Tiso on yer ass will become usage yes?

    I can only hope.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Jesus.

    If anyone's mother's maiden name is Jesus, I want pictures. :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    I'm watching this with interest.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/3048419/Cop-forced-prostitute-into-sex-court

    Working from The Press report, you'ld expect a stay at her majesties pleasure.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1158 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    If anyone's mother's maiden name is Jesus, I want pictures. :)

    Rofflenui.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22848 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    I'm not sure if there is a 4.30am bus from way out West to the University of Auckland, but I doubt it.

    I checked no 4.30 bus.
    In fact the service to that part of Ak doesnt look to have changed since the 1950's when I was acquainted with people who lived in the hills.
    The kind of service that drove people to cars.
    But of course those Reptilian Hive Minds knew this in advance, and that lucrative financial opportunities awaited once the proles had been forced into individual modes of transport.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1890 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Wait, Timaru had a parking problem when you worked there? I wasn't aware it had a great need for parking wardens now...

    Car parks, Parking meters and parking fines are just a way for the Council to make some dosh. If they were serious about traffic management they would do more for public transport. Timaru is no different.
    The Police will often drop infringement notices at the first sign of argument, they do not need the aggravation of sending an officer to court. Councils, on the other hand, will chase you to the ends of the earth to get their "pound of flesh" it's no skin off their nose to have a dedicated officer in the court to process the cattle.
    But this is a digression. The real problem is what happens when you get a fine and the courts, through the DOJ, fail to operate the system effectively and in so doing, remove the deterrent effect that the fines were supposed to be.
    Which reminds me...
    I once got a parking ticket in Ponsonby when they replaced the old parking meters with the new pay-and-display units.
    I thought they had reverted to free parking (yes, I know, silly me)
    So I wrote a letter...

    Dear Sir / Madam,
    The vehicle involved in this matter was driven by me as my partner, redacted , is disabled due to a sub arachnoid haemorrhage suffered in December of 2003.
    As we rarely travel to Ponsonby I was unaware that the areas for pay and display parking had been extended to include the area adjacent to the café Cezanne so it came as a surprise to receive the infringement notice in my mail. Furthermore, upon subsequent investigation, signs indicating this fact are positioned in such a way as to be not noticeable unless you are viewing from the opposite side of the road, they are well over two metres above pavement level. Additionally the ticket machine is obscured from view by “sandwich board” advertising the aforementioned café.

    As a regular user of Auckland City car parks it was not and has never been, my intention to defraud the offices of council of legitimate income and wish to confer my abject apologies and offer remuneration of $2.00 (enclosed) for the payment of the parking fee.

    If you find this offer to be untenable please return the monies at the above address. If I do not receive correspondence within a period of ten working days I will consider this matter closed.



    Yours faithfully,
    Mr. Steve Barnes snr.

    They returned the $2 and warned me not to do it again.
    :-)

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    oh - a "sub arachnoid haemorrhage" is a real thing - initially I figured you were just pulling (all 8 of) their legs

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2622 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    Car parks, Parking meters and parking fines are just a way for the Council to make some dosh. If they were serious about traffic management they would do more for public transport. Timaru is no different.

    To be fair, Timaru did actually remove all the parking meters from the main street.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    To be fair, Timaru did actually remove all the parking meters from the main street.

    When you're Timau, you really don't need to put additional impediments in front of people who might be brave enough to stop there ;)

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    To be fair, Timaru did actually remove all the parking meters from the main street.

    But did they stop issuing fines for "No parking ticket"?
    ;-)

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • LegBreak,

    I bet they don't issue fines to motorcyclists in Timaru.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 1162 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    To be fair, Timaru did actually remove all the parking meters from the main street.

    Were these friends of yours?

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    I bet they don't issue fines to motorcyclists in Timaru.

    But Wellington is a different matter.

    Heat put on motorcycle parking
    And Dunedin needs to get its thinking cap on.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    I suspect the ex-cop Nathan Connolly (31) is this guy.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/698709

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1158 posts Report Reply

  • Just thinking,

    Timaru is a great place to stop (on your way to Dunnes).
    They have a real neat street front looking over Caroline Bay.
    A wee problem with the Hydro & Grand Hotels are sitting on great sites and are likely to be bowled.

    Putaringamotu • Since Apr 2009 • 1158 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Steve's story would count as an example of impeccable service where I come from.

    Wellington? :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Wellington? :)

    No, Italy. For that is where I am originally from.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Morgan Nichol,

    but mr rent-a-goriila on the door sir, my hi top boots, russian leather jacket and designer hoodie cost 10 times more than your cheapo suit, so fucken what if i'm wearing trackpants. if i was missy elliot youd be holding the door open and kissing my arse on the way past...

    I have a hunch that the reason they don't let you in is you're a giant cock.

    (But I live in hope that you were just taking the piss, it's been a long day.)

    Auckland CBD • Since Nov 2006 • 314 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    @ Sacha
    Is Gio gettin' all Tiso on yer ass?

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    @Morgan

    LOL Ohh funny

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    They have a real neat street front looking over Caroline Bay. A wee problem with the Hydro & Grand Hotels are sitting on great sites and are likely to be bolled.

    I got curious and had a look on GoogleEarth. Has anybody got any idea why they built that Loop road to nowhere?

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    I have a hunch that the reason they don't let you in is you're a giant cock.

    What, like This?

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Clarke,

    Well, I wasn't expecting that.

    -36.76, 174.61 or thereab… • Since Nov 2006 • 164 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    gettin' all Tiso on yer ass

    Beats miso.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19740 posts Report Reply

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