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Citizen complaint of the day: BTD truck is just ducky

BTD truck full of plushies

An irate citizen complains about this BTD vehicle on Beacon Street in the Back Bay:

BTD has the time to hassle an elderly woman double parked with no traffic trying to get stuff out of a car as she is dropped off, yet has their windshield almost totally obscured with figurines and plush toys!

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They were doing their JOB...

Love jackasses in this city who think it's their right to block lanes of traffic, block the box, and run red lights, ect.

Sorry toots, but if you're elderly you can very easily get a placard and placard parking from the city with a simple request.

But ain't nobody got time for that, amirite?

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But the poster said that the woman was not blocking traffic; and I guess she also wasn't blocking the box nor running a red light....

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double parking and blocking traffic lanes kind of go hand in hand, don't they?

Otherwise it wouldn't be double parking.

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You can be stopped in a traffic lane without blocking any traffic.

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untill the next greenlight.

Its the city. Very few roads stay empty for more than a a few seconds.

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Or other multiple streets where there is limited HP parking?

(I'm playing devils advocate, but there are areas where double parking is dangerous, and other places where common sense should prevail)

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especially when they show such a rare bit of humanity.

Though the many double parked cars on Newbury between Clarendon and Gloucester and the ones on Boylston between Gloucester and Arlington Street would bring a Quaker to violence.

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The HP placard comes from the state, and it is not given based on age.

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The lady is playing the "I'm old and can't walk" card.

If she really can't walk, she should get a placard.

If she can walk, she should find a legal pull over space.

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And had to bring something heavy from her car to her lobby?

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If she's a person of any age who meets the state's criteria for mobility impairment, she can get a placard. Otherwise, she should park in a legal spot and walk.

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She wasn't parking all day. When you're unloading a carload of stuff on a quiet street, or dropping someone off, you should be allowed to double park.

If the city didn't want to allow this, they'd need to designate several loading zones on every residential block.

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Are you one of those people who also think that cyclists should be forced to ride only in bike lanes? That whines about bikes "in the way" in travel lanes?

This is why cyclists ride wide.

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Nope, and nope. And I bike far more than I drive.

But on rare occasions, I have to deliver something or drop someone off by car, in a neighborhood where all curbside space is already taken. And in those instances, I need to double park.

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Some people care for the elderly while others just say too bad get a handicap placard. Certain narrow-minded people don't seem to grasp that perhaps the elderly would prefer for those who truly need that handicap placard to get it. Not everyone is selfish -- some of us look out for our neighbors in need.

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Have acted entitled their whole lives regardless, and cite any reason they can make up, no matter how tenuous, to claim that they are extra super special and can't possibly be expected to follow the rules that make for a civilized and democratic society.

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I don't know what is uncivilized about realizing that in a dense urban area not only rules but common sense is required. For instance, using a cab in most parts of South Boston will require the cab to DOUBLE PARK to load/discharge passengers... I'd guess your alternative is for the taxi to circle the area looking for a legal space to let the passenger in/out... maybe many blocks from their destination. Passengers wouldn't like that... of course the city could pass an additional law saying that the passenger isn't responsble for the additional mileage....
I'd guess to reach your civilized democratic society Boston is short maybe a few thousand laws and several hundred manners police to write the several thousand additional daily tickets for jaywalking, sprawling on a bench, leaving a newspaper on a bus, not moving to the middle of the bus, crossing a street too slowly, and all the other myriad things that bother the scolds of Uhub.

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Sorry if they involve ... walking?

The city wasn't built for cars - either lobby for more pull-over space or learn to hike. Maybe if the city didn't hand out parking stickers like free candy, more room would be available for drop offs.

Besides, a cab doesn't have to circle for blocks - there are things like loading zones and bus stops available. But those require a) pulling in and b) walking and c) moving immediately after. I guess that's just toooo haaaaarrrdd wah! from the number of times that I've seen both taxis and private cars ignore nearby parking spots to camp out in a bike lane 20' closer to their destination. Driving a car - or a taxi - does not give you some "right" to just stop the thing anywhere you find convenient. Particularly when your "convenience" and "rights" that don't exist endanger other people. There is no such thing as "instant 10 minute parking for ME anywhere I want because I'm so special".

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The vast majority of residential blocks don't have loading zones or bus stops.

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She should have asked the BTD workers what they were doing. Isn't it the right of every taxpayer to question City workers?

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this CC entry made me chuckle: https://mayors24.cityofboston.gov/reports/515eb8c1...

Got the picture of the grinch in my head: "The NOISE, NOISE, NOISE!"

Guy needs to get a fan.

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Makes me think of 'Thanks Obama!'

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They've started every morning before 7am for weeks now. Major construction on Park Vale began in late February and continues on it's merry way. The street is ONE BLOCK LONG and whatever it is they're doing is taking forever. Residents haven't been able to park there (during the day) for close to six weeks at this point.

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The ONLY thing in Massachusetts you can count on to start exactly on time is a 7AM construction job when you live nearby and don't have to be up at 7.

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Good, I'm happy to hear SOMEONE is discouraging people from double parking. Maybe this BTD person person, with excellent taste in dashboard decor, can keep an eye on the Riverway by Wheelock. One of those people who think they can just park in the right lane at rush hour there is going to kill someone someday.

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What? I'm just running in for a second!!

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I mean, come on.

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