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GE Gets Parking Ticket for Bringing Wind Power to Columbus

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    If you haven’t heard, General Electric is “touring” a big wind turbine blade around the country to promote their support for harnessing wind energy in the US. They have a site set up for the tour here:

    http://www.capturethewindtour.com

    They brought the blade to Columbus on Friday, May 7th, and Mayor Coleman signed his name on the blade, adding to the large list of leadership signatures scribed on it. The Lantern covered the promotional event here:

    http://www.thelantern.com/campus/wind-turbine-blade-stirs-columbus-residents-to-think-about-renewable-energy-1.1477082

    All fine and dandy, right? Well, there’s one other thing that happened on their tour stop in Columbus… they got a parking ticket:

    From here: http://twitpic.com/1lsqtl

    This hasn’t gotten much in the way of media attention, but I kind of wish that it would. This is just additional egg on the face of the already egg-covered faces of the Parking Violation Bureau here in the City. Might has well have given the truck driver a wedgie and told GE to take their wind power elsewhere because we don’t want it here in Central Ohio.

    Lame. Lame. Lame.

    PVB needs a HUGE cultural/mindset shift. There’s more to their job description than just issuing as many parking tickets as possible.

    #377939

    lifeliberty
    Participant

    eh, GE or the people throwing the event should have had the meter bagged. Only certain vehicles are allowed at expired metes, I assume they include emergency response vehicles, city vehicles, road crews, etc

    I’ve seen a couple episodes(maybe 2 or 3) of parking wars which follows the meter maids in Philly. check it out. it’s just about people doing their job. A violation is a violation.

    if GE is upset about it then they should bill the event organizer.

    #377940

    cc
    Member

    Yeah, it seems more like an error on the event’s side. The ticket is for a Nissan, it may not have been easy to identify as part of the exhibit.

    In NYC they would have been towed…

    The meter maids are not judges, they just enforce the rules.

    #377941

    myliftkk
    Participant

    We all know the PVB has all the political instincts of a <fill in the blank with your favorite bumbling pol>

    Their probably descended from the same people who ticketed Jesus’ ass when he double-parked it upon entering Jerusalem…

    #377942

    lifeliberty
    Participant

    and it looks like it may have been in a No Stopping zone

    #377943
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    GE doesn’t bag meters, the City of Columbus bags meters. These types of PR/press events are typically done in collaboration with the city.

    Regardless of whoever dropped the ball, the trigger-happy meter maids are the underlying problem with how Downtown parking problems are perceived throughout the city.

    This sort of avoidable blunder doesn’t assist in getting people to spend more their time coming Downtown.

    #377944

    lifeliberty
    Participant

    Walker wrote >>
    GE doesn’t bag meters, the City of Columbus bags meters.

    I know that. I was saying the request to the city should have been made if they wanted special treatment.

    #377945

    myliftkk
    Participant

    Walker wrote >>
    If you haven’t heard, General Electric is “touring” a big wind turbine blade around the country to promote their support for harnessing wind energy in the US. They have a site set up for the tour here:
    http://www.capturethewindtour.com
    They brought the blade to Columbus on Friday, May 7th, and Mayor Coleman signed his name on the blade, adding to the large list of leadership signatures scribed on it. The Lantern covered the promotional event here:
    http://www.thelantern.com/campus/wind-turbine-blade-stirs-columbus-residents-to-think-about-renewable-energy-1.1477082
    All fine and dandy, right? Well, there’s one other thing that happened on their tour stop in Columbus… they got a parking ticket:
    From here: http://twitpic.com/1lsqtl

    This hasn’t gotten much in the way of media attention, but I kind of wish that it would. This is just additional egg on the face of the already egg-covered faces of the Parking Violation Bureau here in the City.

    New motto:

    PVB – making facial omelettes since, well, forever…

    #377946

    lifeliberty
    Participant

    I think if parking enforcement didn’t do their job then people wouldn’t come downtown because there would be less turnover at the meters.

    I don’t see meter enforcement as a reason people don’t want to come downtown, there are plenty of lots all over the place where one can park without worry of a ticket.

    #377947
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    lifeliberty wrote >>
    I think if parking enforcement didn’t do their job then people wouldn’t come downtown because there would be less turnover at the meters.

    1. Did this parking ticket get this car to move? If it were a no stopping zone, then it’s not like it’s a space where another car could park.

    2. The meter maids are trigger-happy whether the block is filled, or if there are only two cars on the street. Aggressive ticketing on a Saturday at 11am on Gay Street doesn’t make any difference with turning the meters over for new customers.

    #377948

    misskitty
    Participant

    Would anyone think that if this did make the news it would actually make less people want to come downtown? So if you want people to avoid downtown then yes show them all that even special situations can get tickets and you will most likely see more avoid having to deal with something like this.

    #377949
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    lifeliberty wrote >>
    I don’t see meter enforcement as a reason people don’t want to come downtown, there are plenty of lots all over the place where one can park without worry of a ticket.

    You’re assuming that the rest of the populace has the same rationality that you do. ;)

    #377950
    Snarf
    Snarf
    Participant

    Isn’t even being called a “meter maid” enough of a kick in the balls?

    #377951

    lifeliberty
    Participant

    Walker wrote >>

    lifeliberty wrote >>
    I think if parking enforcement didn’t do their job then people wouldn’t come downtown because there would be less turnover at the meters.

    1. Did this parking ticket get this car to move? .

    No, it didn’t. No stopping zones are there for a reason, whether it is for emergency vehicle access or whatever. The reason it is a no stopping zone is to keep the area clear of vehicles. (like I said, GE should have applied to the city for permission to use that space of the street)if PVB didn’t enforce that law then what is to stop others from parking there? the meter maid is not given the discretion to make such choices on who to ticket. they see a violation and ticket. I have never seen a meter maid running up the street to fine expired meters, they just walk around and ticket wneh(butchered that one, meant when) they see a violation. Maybe you have, but I haven’t in the 11 years I’ve worked downtown. I blame the people who break the law and let their meters expire, not the PVB.

    #377952

    joev
    Participant

    lifeliberty wrote >> I blame the people who break the law and let their meters expire, not the PVB.

    +1
    I don’t see the problem here – You may see it as the city’s symbolic rejection of clean energy – but in reality, it’s just a penalty for a driver who parked inappropriately.

    I’m not sure I even agree that meter readers are, “aggressive.” It’s either an expired meter, or it’s not. The honus is on the person who parked.

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