After watching a couple of episodes of Parking Wars, it’s obvious why most people think so lowly of public servants. The ones on the show come off as douchebags obsessed with their own petty power. The one line that really struck me was, “you don’t get a ticket unless you did something wrong.” Thus implying some sort of ethical/moral purpose behind their petty actions instead of a simple bureaucratic one. There also seems to be some ridiculous parking laws in Detroit, which is probably why no one wants to live in Detroit.
Instead of putting up “No Parking 6:00 – 8:00” signs, they read “no standing.” I guess “standing” refers to someone leaving their car to go into a shop for a few minutes. Most of humanity calls this “parking,” the city of Detroit refers to it as “standing.” If they don’t want people to park there to keep traffic moving then a “no parking” sign would be prudent. Most people who see the sign won’t park there. Period. Of course that would be good for traffic but bad for city revenue. So put up a “no standing” sign designed to confuse people so the traffic police can write tickets to their heart’s desire.
The one thing I kept thinking as I watched the show was that I never, ever want to go to Detroit. The parking laws just seem too insane from the perception the show gave me. Like St. Louis, Detroit is a dying city. This is not the kind of foot it wants to put forward to attract new businesses and residents. “Come to Detroit, home of the bullshit parking tickets.”
There were a few instances where the person being ticketed was clearly in the right from a logical/common sense point of view. But if there is something that the cancerous, black mass of foul contempt we call bureaucracy hates, its reason, logic and common sense. Funny how a stupid show on A&E can do to bring out the libertarian rage.