Cops Don’t Know Who Filled 125 Parking Meters With Expanding Foam

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On the morning of October 24, a parking enforcement officer in Bloomington, Indiana noticed that all of the parking meters were spray-painted pink and green, and the coin and card slots were filled with expanding foam, making the machines inoperable.

A total of 125 parking meters were destroyed in the middle of the night, and police still don’t know who is responsible. They estimate that it will cost roughly $5,000 to repair the damage.

Unfortunately, it seems that the work of the vigilante vandals was all in vain. Parking enforcement officials have instructed Bloomington residents to instead use a smartphone app to pay for parking.

However, officers did say that they will not ticket people who park at meters and don’t use the parking app, so it will be up to the drivers to decide whether or not they want to pay. Perhaps the vandals did give everyone a momentary reprieve.

Video below shows the parking meters being repaired:

This kind of activity is actually extremely common and some jurisdictions have considered putting cameras on the meters to catch vandals in the act.

In 2016, a cancer patient from Winnipeg, Canada actually recorded himself using expandable foam to break a parking meter that was outside of the hospital where he was being treated. The patient, Collin Kennedy, said that the fees kept on increasing and became too much for him. He called the parking meters a “tax on the sick.”

Instead of breaking the meters, activists in Keene, New Hampshire have adopted a charitable strategy in the battle against parking fees. For years, groups of Keene residents known as “Robin Hooders” have walked the streets filling expired parking meters with their own money, ultimately saving people from receiving parking tickets.

Occasionally, when they encounter an angry parking enforcer, members of the group are prepared to film the situation with their smart phones.

When the “Robin Hooders” come across a car that already has a ticket on it, they place information on the person’s windshield that provides tips on how to beat the ticket in court. While it would appear that this strategy is completely harmless and not breaking any laws, the city attempted to sue the group and prevent them from coming in contact with parking enforcers. Both lawsuits were thrown out.

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A true hero

Love it. No one was harmed.. besides those poor meters. and Egos...

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Here is a perfect example of the state vs the people.

Govern-cement is supposed to be, by and for the people, but parking meters are only there so that they can write tickets.
The meters by themselves rarely pay for themselves, much less their maintenance, installation or just collecting the coins.

So, how much does a govern-cement have to hate its people to do such a scam on them?


Do you think this 125 parking meter job was actually a Red Flag
to allow the roll out of the parking meter app?

Brilliant and not getting caught even better 💯🐒

The only problem here is that this distruction will be paided for by those that already pay for parking. Also those that complain about these types of cost often continue to support the politicians that do these programs. A great example is something like medicare for all until its cost are being paid for by you who supports it. I know only the rich will pay lol until its us that actually pay. Just saying.

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