The Unrepentant Individual

...just hanging around until Dec 21, 2012


August 2, 2007


This Is A Crime?!

Wow… So today, I decided to meet my wife at the in-laws, where parking is always at a premium. I arrive, unload the truck, and right as I’m about to start searching for a parking space, a guy asks if I mind giving his car a jumpstart. No problem, of course, and it’s especially nice because he was parked in a prime location, and he was about to leave.

So I drive over there, park nose-to-nose with him (he’s parallel parked at the front of a line of cars), and we get his car started. He pulls out, I pull in, and all is well. Of course, now I’m facing the “wrong” direction in my parking space.

I get into the house, and the wife & family ask why I’m parked the wrong way… “Oh, I gave that guy a jump, and I was already facing that way, so I pulled in.” We head off for dinner, and get back, and they tell me “You need to move your truck, or you’re gonna get a ticket!”

A ticket? For parking on the “wrong” side of the street? On a dead-end street where the only real traffic is people driving around at 3 mph looking for parking spots?!

Yep, it’s illegal. It hurts nobody, and in the grand scheme of things, it’s absolutely meaningless and pointless to make it a law that you park one direction or another. Yet my whole family is looking like me as if I’m crazy for not “getting it”. Because it’s the “law”, and that’s what you’re “supposed” to do. The nice man in the blue uniform has a gun, and if you don’t snap to attention and follow orders, he’s going to reach into your wallet and take your stuff.

Ridiculous. Luckily, I went over to my truck, and didn’t find a ticket there. But can anyone find a justification for this other than revenue enhancement? Is Newport Beach so crime-free that cops really have time to devote to this?

Posted By: Brad Warbiany @ 7:30 pm || Permalink || Comments (2) || Trackback URL || Categories: Libertarianism, Personal Life, Ponderings

2 Comments

  1. They have the same laws in Texas too, Brad. I think they want the cars parked the same direction as the traffic. My daughter had a friend come over on day to visit, when she left she had a ticket on her front window for parking the wrong direction….It is stupid, but it is the law…..I’m glad you didn’t have a ticket on your truck….

    I want to see pictures when your baby boy gets here.

    Comment by Lucy Stern — August 3, 2007 @ 5:31 am
  2. If you are parked in the wrong direction, and you are the first car parked on the side of the street, than a driver who turns onto the street might see cars on either side of the road facing him. Because of this, he might assume that the road is a one-way street and that he’s going the wrong way.

    Something like this happened to me at the IOM. Lots of roads are one-way streets and there is no law regarding which direction to park. I turned down more than one street and panicked because I thought I was on a one-way…

    Comment by Sober John — August 7, 2007 @ 7:47 am

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