January 8, 2008 3:32 pm at 3:32 pm #66652
A situation that was just brought to my attention at work today….someone who has their drivers license suspended from unpaid parking tickets and was pulled over and then taken to jail just because she was trying to GO TO WORK. Now she has to pay to get out of jail, pay to get her car out of the impound, and who is going to watch her two kids that she has to support and the reason why she would take a risk to go to a job to get paid so that she can provide for her family. That to me is RIDICULOUS…..our system creates poverty/debt.January 8, 2008 3:35 pm at 3:35 pm #162021
Maybe she should have paid her parking tickets. Or not incurred them to begin with. That would have eliminated her whole problem. I would say the system didn’t create poverty/debt in this instance. Your friend’s choices did. Sorry, I’m usually the first on the socialist bandwagon, by I can’t find a lot of sympathy here.January 8, 2008 3:38 pm at 3:38 pm #162022
Are we talking 2 unpaid parking tickets or a whole glove box full?January 8, 2008 3:39 pm at 3:39 pm #162023
im with joev on this one.January 8, 2008 3:43 pm at 3:43 pm #162024
MikeReed wrote Are we talking 2 unpaid parking tickets or a whole glove box full?
i dont think they suspend your license for 2 unpaid parking tickets.
as for the original post, im in agreement with the other posters so far.
why not just pay the tickets to begin with?January 8, 2008 3:50 pm at 3:50 pm #162025
Oooooo…have no idea the number. Also, if we had a rapid transit or commuter train, she could get to work without breaking the law. Unpaid parking tickets are not responsible, agreed, but a jailable offense??? HARDLY. Maybe making her do forced public service in an orange outfit to work to pay off the tickets or something…do not jail a single mother of two school age children!!!January 8, 2008 3:51 pm at 3:51 pm #162026
enzo wrote Unpaid parking tickets are not responsible, agreed, but a jailable offense??? HARDLY.
IIRC, driving on a suspended license IS a jailable offense.January 8, 2008 3:53 pm at 3:53 pm #162027
Enzo, stop trolling.January 8, 2008 3:53 pm at 3:53 pm #162028
We have a bus system she could have used. And maybe the city uses the money from parking tickets to put more cops on the street and keep neighborhoods safe. She obviously had little regard for the law she repeatedly broke – why not take her to jail just like someone who keeps shoplifting from Kroger? People who have kids should get the same treatment as those without kids.January 8, 2008 3:56 pm at 3:56 pm #162029
Ndcent wrote Enzo, stop trolling.
What does that mean? Why are you so mean to me?January 8, 2008 3:59 pm at 3:59 pm #162030
Yeah. She should have paid those tickets.January 8, 2008 3:59 pm at 3:59 pm #162031
polite version per wiki: An Internet troll, or simply troll in Internet slang, is someone who posts controversial messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, with the intention of baiting other users into an emotional response.January 8, 2008 4:00 pm at 4:00 pm #162032
thank you wikipedia :lol:January 8, 2008 4:01 pm at 4:01 pm #162033
I just do not see how the punishment fits the offense? If she were driving while on drugs or dealing drugs or driving to a party or something other than work, ok sure. She was desperate to get to work. I just think it sets in motion a downward spiral. I think two days of picking up trash or cleaning the jail would be a better solution. So, now she will get fired from her job and then slip even further down the rungs.January 8, 2008 4:03 pm at 4:03 pm #162034
Jail for parking tickets is harsh. Jail for driving on a suspended license is not. And she’ll think twice before parking or driving illegally again. Or thinking that she doesn’t have to follow the rules for whatever reason. COTA’s better than breakig the law.
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