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Meter maid don't care

Ticketed truck

Yes, that is a Boston parking ticket on the windshield of one of the trucks that has turned the Charles Street side of the Common into a National Guard encampment. Richard Lynds couldn't believe it, either.

UPDATE: See comment below: The city didn't ticket the truck.

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The BTD has no fear. I would love to know how that parking infraction was coded.

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There was a note inside, thanking us for our service. Calm down yall , there not that bad.

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anybody worse than a meter maid!

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Guys, I think everything's going to be ok here in Boston.

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is achieved when the military and police vehicles start putting space savers in their spots.

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How'd that work out? Lol

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...news trucks were blocking a hubway station, and all Hubway did was make smartass comments on twitter to the person who reported it.

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The HORROR!

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Whoever runs the hubway social media/pr is an idiot and has no business being in that role.

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... is to affix tickets to illegally parked vehicles, not to make up the law on the spot and decide which illegally parked vehicles are OK and which are not.

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I'd like to think common sense would dictate differently in this situation. I notice that they didn't ticket the several police vehicles parked on the Greenway and in front of the Rowes Wharf building.

They had to know this ticket would never get paid and it's only going to create more work for both the national guard and also BTD.

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I got ticketed and towed on Clarendon St @ Beacon yesterday morning for STREET SWEEPING.. was I wrong to think with half of Back Bay still on lock down they wouldn't go ahead with street sweeping?!

Clarendon Street is still closed at Newbury to St James... They swept two blocks and ticketed and towed nearly 2 dozen cars.

THIS IS SOME BULLSHIT

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I got ticketed and towed on Clarendon St @ Beacon yesterday morning for STREET SWEEPING..was I wrong to think with half of Back Bay still on lock down they wouldn't go ahead with street sweeping?!

And yes, You were wrong. And no, it's not bullshit. The street sweeping days and hours are clearly posted. You chose to ignore them.

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I have to say that I would be totally pissed if that happened to me. I was quite bemused when I saw the street sweepers still going through the South End today. Don't mess with Boston, eh?

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I'm assuming that the guardsman put a blank on his own windshield so no one else gives him one.

Did Lynds check for a bag of M & Ms on the dashboard?

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Maybe you are right but who knows? I actually didn't check to see if there were M&M's, or if the ticket was real, or if BTD properly cited the vehicle. I simply snapped the photo amid a surreal scene that has unfolded from the Common to Copley Square. As someone who has lived, worked, and attended school in Boston, I can appreciate the "discipline" of BTD's enforcement efforts. I am not a journalist and wasn't trying to suggest anything about the photo other than it was worth a laugh and quite symbolic of a much needed "return to normalcy." I think after the past week, we could all use that.

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It was the quintessential Boston photo.

Thanks.

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Sorry. I didn't get the M&Ms on the dashboard reference! Maybe I am the one who needs to laugh! Thanks.

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...of things returning to normal. I find this oddly comforting.

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First off, is this real?

If so, and just out of curiosity, aren't the National Guard vehicles generally exempt from bearing registration plates (hell, even U.S. Postal Service vehicles do not bear registration plates)? If so, shouldn't that have probably tipped of the meter maid that a ticket was probably not warranted?

Has anyone actually gotten a look at the ticket? I would love to know what s/he put in the Reg. no. field on the ticket. Might it have been the vehicle serial number?

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First off, is this real?

No. Military vehicles don't have civil registrations, so there's probably no way to link the vehicle to any violation (not to mention, they likely have permission to be there), besides, government vehicles are exempt from most parking regulations in most situations. It's probably a tongue-in-cheek joke by a National Guardsman, BTD employee, police officer or passer by.

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Probably just one of Bostons sons or daughters serving and making a nice in-joke /gesture.

Kinda like a tank with a bumper sticker asking how their driving is.

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How's My Driving?

Call 1-800-ICRUSHU

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The Meter maid who is a city employee (Taxpayer funded) is ticketing a federal vehicle/employee/agency (Also Taxpayer funded)who is going to have to clear this up with an individual at city hall (Another taxpayer funded employee) who will then mail out the decision via USPS (MORE TAXPAYER FUNDED EMPLOYEES/Agencies).

Aaa the inefficiencies of large government.

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TJE USPS IS NOT TAX PAYER FUNDED... JERK.

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The USPS does get some taxpayer support. Around $96 million is budgeted annually by Congress for the "Postal Service Fund."

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The USPS does get some taxpayer support. Around $96 million is budgeted annually by Congress for the "Postal Service Fund."

Source? Otherwise what you say is heresy,

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Heresy...hearsay...it's all the same LOL

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to pay for things that they are forced to do by law for free, such as congressional mail and mailing absentee ballots. Not exactly the worst thing in the world.

You could easily cut that, and allow them to operate properly and they'd be fine. It's not keeping them afloat when they're losing 10 million a day because of congressional melding in how they fund their retirement account.

someone wants that nest egg. gotta get rid of USPS first.

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...to write a thank you note?

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I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought this!

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That this was a dare between two BTD officers.

"Hey Charlie. I'll bet you 50 bucks you won't ticket that truck."

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There was a not inside the envelope thanking us for our service. Calm down gus, there not that bad!

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This just in from a person in city government in a position to know about this sort of thing:

A Parking Enforcement Supervisor spoke with the National Guardsmen on the Common to ask them about the ticket. They said that they were joking around with each other and that they took the ticket off of a vehicle and placed it on the truck themselves.

We would not give a ticket to a National Guard truck helping people here.

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Sucks for the guy who now doesn't know he got a ticket...

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"take the ticket envelope."

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That's my unit, that's one of my trucks. WAAF has a radio host who is very good friends with us. She brought us coffee at 2am on her free time and she put that on our truck as a joke with a funny note inside. It looks real from a distance but on it is just an WAAF sticker. After that we of course used it to mess with each other all day because guys need to break the tension after a week like this.

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for you service bud, and the story.

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