For years, city agents have been affixing florescent green stickers to cars that breach the alternate-side-of-the-street parking regulations in an effort to make their owners’ feel guilty for hindering the city’s ability to sweep the streets. The other day, I noticed that someone, somewhere, had adopted the technique. Here’s a car with New York tags that was plastered with three red and white stickers that read YOU ARE PARKED HERE ILLEGALLY. It’s hard to know whether these stickers were put on by a legitimate governmental authority or an individual anti-parking crusader (i.e., vigilante). When I saw this car, it was parked in the driveway of the modernist Washington Square Southeast complex in the village. It was unclear whether it was parked there legally or not, but it appeared that the stickers had been attached for some time, and it was the only car around to have the stickers.
I’m not sure what to make of this. I tend to side with the aggrieved party. It’s probably a sign that some municipality somewhere is failing to fully enforce parking regulations somewhere. Maybe someone should create a sticker that reads YOUR CAR ALARM DOES NOTHING TO STOP THEFT BUT ANNOYED SCORES OF PEOPLE.