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Get The Guv’mint Off Our Backs (And Make It Give Back My Car)!

So I experienced what many an unfortunate Chicago resident has experienced: today, my car was towed away to the deepest Southside (the 10000 block!) before my eyes.  I had stepped inside a building to pick someone up for a workshop, and all the while I had this weird uneasy feeling…maybe I should go check on my car, something told me.  Sure enough, they were hitching my car to the tow truck even as I had this sense of foreboding.  So the lesson is simple, folks: listen to your paranoid instincts!  Because they are coming to get you (or at least your car).  It is this sort of petty law enforcement (a.k.a., the city’s money-making racket) that makes me lose respect for the law, because this pretty clearly had nothing to do with clearing the road for rush hour (the alleged reason for making this area a tow zone) and had everything to do with milking me for a nice fat fine.  If any progressives out there would like to understand why people like me really loathe government, know that it is because of these obnoxious little abuses of power along with the great.         

In fairness to the horrible towing tyrants, I was in a tow zone designated as a tow zone between 4-6 for a grand total of three or four minutes after 4:00.  They had not yet taken my car away when I came running out to try to stop them from taking it away.  There was “nothing” the tow truck guy could do, he said.  Yeah, well, there was nothing he could do if he wanted to get paid more. 

The parking ticket/towing regime in Chicago is one of the most maddening things about this city, and if I had to make a short list of reasons why no one should ever live here it would rank high on that list.  It would fall below “large numbers of whiny Cub fans” and come in just ahead of “terrible blizzards.”

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3 Comments To "Get The Guv’mint Off Our Backs (And Make It Give Back My Car)!"

#1 Comment By Christopher Hayes On April 11, 2007 @ 5:40 am

Civil disobedience proposal – the IRS just changed the tax laws where you donate your old car to charity and write it off. Too big of a write off for the IRS, so those charities, to my understanding, have had to find new sources of revenue.
Perhaps donating old junker cars to the city simultaneously and en masse, by parking them in these tow zones and never claiming them, would be an effective way to change the situation. The parking enforcement tow companies might take a hit, but that’s okay. They can go into something more reputable, like rent-to-own furniture, public school guidance counseling, chain-mail network marketing, or postdated check loans.

#2 Comment By M.Z. Forrest On April 11, 2007 @ 8:43 am

Let this be a lesson in using private transit rather than public transit. If you want door to door service in the city, use a taxi.

This has been brought to you by the North American Taxi Alliance.

#3 Comment By Grumpy Old Man On April 11, 2007 @ 2:03 pm

But Chicago is “hog butcher to the nation.”

Oh, that’s right. Was.