Archive for May 18th, 2013

Not So Keene

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Have you ever been to Keene, New Hampshire? I have.  It’s one of those small, beautiful, New England towns that looks like a postcard. But Keene has a problem these days: Robin Hood is stealing from the King – kind of. Uh-oh.

“Robin Hood and His Merry Men” is a group that discreetly puts coins in people’s parking meters before “meter maids” can slap a ticket on their windshields. Often they closely follow the maids and put in coins seconds before a ticket is written.  After they pay off the meter, “RH&HMM” slip a note under the wiper which reads  “Your meter expired; however, we saved you from the king’s tariffs, Robin Hood and his Merry Men.” This has been going on for months.

The King was not amused.  So the city of Keene filed a harassment lawsuit against “the Hooders” demanding the court establish a “safety zone” that blocks them from coming within 50 feet of parking agents. It said Hooders were not only harassing the meter maids, they were interfering with the lawful, government enforcement of laws – or some such horseshit.

Everyone knows the city really just wants the revenue from the tickets.

At first I loved the idea of the Hooders blocking ticket-writers.  But the more I thought about it, the more I began to think: without a time limit, some nitwits would take up spaces leaving junkers in them until they rusted into the pavement. Then where would the rest of us park?

What a moral dilemma! And, as the wars drone on, what a delight it is to philosophically consider dilemmas of this magnitude.