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#1 Hum

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 01:21

The city of Keene, New Hampshire, is suing a group of do-gooders for allegedly topping off parking meters of strangers.

The group, which calls itself "Robin Hood and his Merry Men," likes to leave notes on the windshields of cars that are in danger of getting a ticket due to an expired meter, according to the Union Leader.

A note reads, "Your meter expired; however, we saved you from the king’s tariffs, Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Please consider paying it forward.” The note then lists an address where people can send donations if they wish.

According to the Union Leader, the city claims Robin Hood and his Merry Men have "intentionally taunted, interfered with, harassed and intimidated" the city's three parking enforcement officers. The suit also alleges that the group follows the parking enforcement officers around the city and uses video and radio equipment to coordinate their efforts.

All told, six citizens are named in the city's lawsuit. One of the defendants, James Cleaveland, spoke to the Union Leader about it. "They say video recording or talking to them is harassing them, but I don't agree with that," he said. "So they want to establish a safety zone of fifty feet."

The lawsuit, according to the Union Leader, lists a bit of trash-talking on the part of the Robin Hooders.

In the filing, parking enforcement officer Linda Desruisseaux said, "Besides following me, crowding around me, making video recordings of my activities, and placing coins in expired meters to prevent me from writing tickets, these individuals repeatedly taunt and harass me, asking why I am stealing peoples' money and telling me to get another job ... In particular, Graham Colson likes to taunt me by saying, 'Linda, guess what you're not going to do today - write tickets.' ... The taunting and harassment tends to get worse when there is a group, as they try to one-up each other at my expense.

Another parking enforcement officer claims that he suffers from heart palpitations, stress and anxiety, and "dreams related to this activity."

The city is concerned that the parking enforcement officers will quit, according to the Union Leader. That would cause a financial hardship, because the city would have to hire and train new officers, the suit claims.

Members of the group were issued the lawsuit last week and have 30 days to respond.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 01:38

I don't agree with the harassment of the officers, although I have no respect for these people, but I find the idea of helping out people who's meter has ran out a great idea, hopefully those saved by them send them a little bit of money so they can keep doing this. Or if you see a meter that is about to run out, you put a little bit of money in.

The idea is really cool, the harassment is what got them the lawsuit I guess.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 01:44

Harassment, right... The city is just ****ed about losing all of the ticket money so they're cooking up this story

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 06:23

Harassment, right... The city is just ****ed about losing all of the ticket money so they're cooking up this story


Somehow I find it more likely that these folks expressed contempt towards the parking enforcement officers and the lawsuit is just to address that. Don't you figure that if the city needs more money, they'd find it easier and more effective all around to just bump the rates of all meters?

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 06:30

I don't agree with the harassment of the officers, although I have no respect for these people, but I find the idea of helping out people who's meter has ran out a great idea, hopefully those saved by them send them a little bit of money so they can keep doing this. Or if you see a meter that is about to run out, you put a little bit of money in.

The idea is really cool, the harassment is what got them the lawsuit I guess.

While topping off meters is a good thing to do, following them around , harassing them and all that, not so much.

I don't see why you wouldn't have any respect for the meter maids though. without them you would NEVER find any parking, the city would need higher taxes to compensate for the lack of income from the meters and half of the idiots would double park making your parking situation even worse.

As much as I hate paying for parking in this small town, I'd hate if we didn't have paid parking especially with all the tourists we get, just the locals would make it impossible to find short term parking, we already have a big enough problem with parking

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 06:33

Somehow I find it more likely that these folks expressed contempt towards the parking enforcement officers and the lawsuit is just to address that.

Exactly that. They can't stop someone from paying someone else's ticket, but the verbal abuse is too far.

Such a shame, given the good deed that they are trying to perform.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 10:53

Harassment, right... The city is just ****ed about losing all of the ticket money so they're cooking up this story


^^ This! And good on the RH's. Don't like the yelling though.

And the Supreme Court has already ruled on the videotaping issue - it's allowed.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 11:09

Actually feeding someone elses meter that has run out is against local by-laws in the UK [f you get caught] and as for the intimidation it is an act gone too far.Personally I think both sides need their heads knocking together as it would seem the council are acting childishly too.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 11:31

Good job its not in the UK then?

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 11:37

Actually feeding someone elses meter that has run out is against local by-laws in the UK [f you get caught] and as for the intimidation it is an act gone too far.Personally I think both sides need their heads knocking together as it would seem the council are acting childishly too.


How is this enforced? I can send anyone to top up the meter on my behalf how is that illegal and enforceable?

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 11:40

Parkers are meant to leave the parking area before the paid period expires topping up the meter is also against by-laws.How is it enforced I guess much like any by-law its if you get caught doing it.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 11:45

Actually feeding someone elses meter that has run out is against local by-laws in the UK [f you get caught] and as for the intimidation it is an act gone too far.Personally I think both sides need their heads knocking together as it would seem the council are acting childishly too.

We don't have such meters in the UK, you buy a ticket and display it in your dashboard, these meters are next to a set of so many spaces and can be topped up by anyone that parks there for all those spaces, no comparison can be made.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 11:45

Parkers are meant to leave the parking area before the paid period expires topping up the meter is also against by-laws.How is it enforced I guess much like any by-law its if you get caught doing it.


I've never used a parking meter so can only assume, if its illegal to top up why have the option to do it? Or do you wait till your time has run out then add more coins? Can't see why you couldn't pay more money to stay longer in the space. With regards to this story only issue I can see is the intimidation the group showed the parking attendant.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 11:51

We don't have such meters in the UK, you buy a ticket and display it in your dashboard, these meters are next to a set of so many spaces and can be topped up by anyone that parks there for all those spaces, no comparison can be made.


Yes we do. Nowhere near as many as there used to be as they're being changed over to the ticket system, but they ARE still in use in some areas.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 11:59

Not viable around here - hoods would just saw 'em off & steal the meters for the change inside.