A carpenter from Media doing work in Philadelphia fumes when he encounters the parking authority immobilizing his parked car with a big yellow “boot” for unpaid parking tickets.
[I’m] coming out from lunch and I see them right here putting it on and I run over as they’re putting it on and they’re, “Oh, we can’t do anything,” and I say “Are you serious?” They tell me they don’t have a key for it but there’s another guy with a van that has a key for it. I mean it’s just a moneymaking scheme. The PPA isn’t even owned- is not even a part of the police department. It’s its own entity. It just makes me so mad And then I had to be on the phone like forty minutes to get this thing taken care of and I still have to go to work. I have six million things to do that don’t involve me waiting for someone to take a boot off. And then they say three hours. Then the other guy says they could be here within in an hour and a half to unboot it so it’s just ridiculous. And now I have to call and see if someone will come and unboot my car. WHAT ABOUT THE TICKETS? My outstanding tickets. I didn’t even know. I knew I had two but I had more than $500 of outstanding tickets. And I can pay that because I work and I am able to pay that. But if you didn’t have a job or your unemployed or in between anything, you just can’t pay that. And then I have to call the homeowner that I’m working at and make sure that I can still come finish the job because she’s on a time schedule. I’m on a schedule. Like Jesus Christ, it’s upsetting… A little known fact about the PPA is that it’s not even a part of Philadelphia. The money doesn’t go to Philadelphia at all, no aspect of it. It’s a company based out of Maryland-
I THINK IT MUST. SOMETHING MUST COME TO THE CITY. Well, they promised a percentage of it to go to the education system but instead of doing that they took that money and put it into research development, basically creating kiosks, all the stands where we put money in to get a little ticket for it to expire and press pay more tickets. They developed those kiosks so they couldn’t employ somebody to do it, to go around and check. They could have less meter maids and have less jobs in the city of Philadelphia so that they can make more money. I mean it’s ridiculous. Carpenter James Jenkins of Media, PA by his booted car on Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.