City Sues 'Robin Hood' Group For Paying Expired Parking Meters

May 15, 2013 Full story: WJNO 19

The city of Keene, New Hampshire, is suing a group of do-gooders for allegedly topping off parking meters of strangers.

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Parden pard

Bath, PA

#1 May 15, 2013
HMMMMMM,,???Now if some kid in a green hornet mask comes along and stuffs gum in the coin slots of all the meters and disappears,,,will the Merry Men still get sued,,?
Far Away

Anchorage, AK

#2 May 15, 2013
"The city is concerned that the parking enforcement officers will quit, according to the Union Leader. That would cause a financial hardship, because the city would have to hire and train new officers, the suit claims."

http://www.wjno.com/articles/weird-news-10467...

B.S. Your financial hardship is having what appear to be three unnecessary city workers.

... only in America, land of the free and no dictators could something this idiotic be happening.
SESCOMM

Whitehall, PA

#3 May 15, 2013
What a crappy town -they're getting the meter money so it shouldn't matter who it comes from. They should be grateful they have compassionate citizens. As for the officer suffering nightmares and stress, GROW UP and stop fishing for a workman's comp suit or free money. I hope the group appeals all the way!
Dr Stinko

Hampton, VA

#4 May 15, 2013
...and spending tax payer money to do so.

“More Brains Than .....”

Level 6

Since: Sep 11

..a Zombie Thanksgiving

#5 May 16, 2013
The donut fund must be running low.
Idiot Patrol

Manchester, NH

#6 May 16, 2013
So, if I give money to the homeless, am I aiding and abetting a vagrant?

Is the Police Department a Charity?(I get calls for donations from them).

“you're not the boss of me!”

Since: Jan 08

the road less traveled.....

#7 May 16, 2013
I find this story inspiring - at least the part about folks being 'do-gooders'

then it goes downhill.

How can helping your fellow man (with no hope of reward or even thanks) every be something BAD??

keep it up, folks
Sterkfontein Swartkrans

Pennington, NJ

#8 May 16, 2013
We need a group like this in Philly!
Dr Stinko

Hampton, VA

#9 May 16, 2013
Don't understand this "bringing suit" stuff: If those Robin Hood wackos are doing something illegal, then they can be cited and prosecuted, at least in a magistrates court.
If it's not, then there's no beef...
Anyway, the "city" shouldn't be doing anything here: It's either in the hands of public safety (the police), or the city prosecutor's office...

(I note, Although I am not an attorney, I did play one in a jr high school play.., skit really, and I am Sam Waterson's biggest fan.)

“VaCa poolside!”

Since: Apr 13

Scappoose, Oregon USA

#10 May 16, 2013
I asked the cop friend about this, she said it's because it is illegal for ANYONE to "plug the meter" and that's because the intent of the meter is for you to stay there for a few minutes however long the meter is good for, then leave so somebody else can park. Otherwise you could park there all day and run out every hour or whatever and tie up the parking space. So if you're like at a one hour meter and your meeting goes longer and you run out and put more quarters and, that's violation of parking ordinance and you can get tickets for that.it makes sense kind of when you look at it like that.

Since: Aug 08

Buffalo, NY

#11 May 16, 2013
... well it looks like time to give ole Luke a call ...

Johnny Cochran

Medford, NY

#12 May 16, 2013
The City is wrong. The meters were not filled by "strangers".

Once a coin is dropped in the meter that person becomes a "friend". Therefore there suit based on the erroneous "fact" that they are strangers should be thrown out.

“Up with which, I will not put”

Since: Jul 08

Sao Paulo

#13 May 16, 2013
Jenji wrote:
I asked the cop friend about this, she said it's because it is illegal for ANYONE to "plug the meter" and that's because the intent of the meter is for you to stay there for a few minutes however long the meter is good for, then leave so somebody else can park. Otherwise you could park there all day and run out every hour or whatever and tie up the parking space. So if you're like at a one hour meter and your meeting goes longer and you run out and put more quarters and, that's violation of parking ordinance and you can get tickets for that.it makes sense kind of when you look at it like that.
I would have initially sided with these "do-gooders" because putting money in someone else's meter is not illegal, unless local ordinance has some clause addressing this, and signs are posted alerting of such. If not, then there's nothing illegal about this.

But after reading the entire article, these are no "Robin Hood do-gooders", rather opportunists who have found a niche playing on guilt to get "donations". Small investment for a larger return. And harassing the city employees is just uncalled for. The lawsuit clearly is not for financial gain, it's to obstruct these "Robin Hood"lums from harassing city employees.

“Live Each Day and Have Fun !”

Level 4

Since: Nov 12

Where I am at .

#14 May 16, 2013
What a crock, as long as they are getting the bucks ??? What is the problem ??? Duh !!! Alot more to worry about in this world than this stuff ..........

Level 8

Since: Jan 11

Location hidden

#15 May 17, 2013
Maybe they could retrain the meter maids or hire Real policemen to fight actual crime.

“hellshade”

Level 5

Since: Jul 07

Location hidden

#16 May 17, 2013
the reason why the city is upset is the fine they get for ticketing vehicles where the meter runs out is much more than they get for the meters themselves. elementary watson
WWAD

Brattleboro, VT

#18 May 24, 2013
big free cookout at 18 Bradco St. on the 21st of June for the homeless and regular starving jews that still work at that shit hole. free booze, free food, and if you want free drugs just check into the front office hey you might just get a job

“I call it as I see it.”

Level 8

Since: Jul 09

Retirement City

#19 May 24, 2013
The city gets its due revenue from parking meters as a result of Robin and his Merry Men.. What is it complaining about? Does the city actually prefer to fine people in order to increase its revenues?

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Since: Feb 12

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#20 May 26, 2013
I think its a great idea. The city gets money and the person who parks there doesn't get fined. If they appreciate it, they will repay the Robin Hood. If they do it again - they deserve a fine and a slap on the head..

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