New meters in Cedarhurst

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  • #617405
    COKEBOYCOTT
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    Have you seen the new meters in Cedarhurst? They look beautiful but people say the town is trying to rip everyone off.

    What do you think? Is this a scandal?

    #1142579
    zahavasdad
    Participant

    Its Anti-Semitism, the local government is trying to live off the back of the yidden

    #1142580
    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
    Participant

    What’s the rip off?

    #1142582
    Joseph
    Participant

    Look at the bright side: It gives everyone something new to complain about that, while it may be controversial, puts everyone on the same anti-government side. 🙂

    #1142583
    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
    Participant

    It’s annoying, infuriating, greedy, and likely will drive away business.

    If you know the deal in advance, it’s not technically a rip off, although I understand why people feel that way. What I don’t get, though, is how it’s antisemitic. Was that tongue in cheek?

    Also, will throwing a bag over it mess it up? 😉

    #1142584
    ☕️coffee addict
    Participant

    It has its maalehs and chesroneses

    A maaleh is you can pay for it with a credit card

    A chesronah is that it takes a picture of your car for the ticket when the meter expires

    I try not to park in front of them

    #1142585
    screwdriverdelight
    Participant
    #1142586
    COKEBOYCOTT
    Member

    BTW, yes it is very convenient to be able to use a credit card, but you forgot to mention one important caveat…

    There is a $1.00 minimum for credit cards…

    makes no difference if your there for 2 minutes or 2 hours…

    and then you lose the balance when you pull away.

    Gotcha!

    #1142587
    from Long Island
    Participant

    I am confused. I park in Cedarhurst all the time. What is wrong with the new meters?

    Now, if you are talking about the back lot parking, with the “payment kiosks” which are broken half the time (and you have to walk, and walk to find a working one) THEN we have something to talk about !!

    #1142588
    COKEBOYCOTT
    Member

    These new meters are equipped with sensors which alert the meter officers if a car is still in its spot when the time in the meter expires. This allows them to quickly find and ticket cars as soon as the time in the meter is up. The sensors also automatically reset the meter as soon as a car leaves so that the next driver cannot (heaven forbid) benefit from the remaining time that was paid by the first car.

    There also seems to be some shady business with the company that installed them.

    #1142589
    ☕ DaasYochid ☕
    Participant

    SDD, nothing. Those two posts are entirely consistent. I think calling it a rip-off is an exaggeration.

    #1142590
    COKEBOYCOTT
    Member

    You obviously aren’t familiar with the oppresive ticketing in Cedarhurst.

    #1142591
    ftgirl
    Member

    They are great for the minority of people who actually put money in the meter when we park. For those who tend to take the risk (the majority of locals), it is annoying as they are more likely to get caught. I don’t think they are any problems with it, if you follow the rules it is great. If you can’t afford the quarter, then park on residential streets where there are no meters. I have never gotten a ticket in Cedarhurst, although I park here often. It is just a matter of keeping the law (and Halacha, by the way. Halachically it is stealing to park in a meter spot and not pay…)

    #1142592
    lesschumras
    Participant

    If you overstay your time at a meter and get a ticket, why is that oppressive?

    #1142593
    COKEBOYCOTT
    Member

    When a town goes out of its way to catch and ticket cars as soon as the meter is up, they run a huge risk of driving shoppers to other towns.

    o me, that is penny wise and pound foolish.

    It may increase revenues now, but do far greater damage in the long term.

    #1142594
    yehudayona
    Participant

    There are full page ads on opposite pages in one of the local papers. In one, the mayor defends the meters. In the other, an anonymous group of merchants says they’ll drive away business.

    I don’t think it’s contrary to halacha to piggyback on an unexpired non-smart meter, but I’ve never asked a shaila about it. I usually do my shopping when the meters aren’t in effect.

    A related question: I had a muni-meter ticket that had a lot of time left on it (I went to the DMV and expected the worst). As I was leaving my spot, I offered the ticket to a non-Jew. He expressed his gratitude. Was my act a kiddush Hashem, or was it assur?

    #1142596
    gavra_at_work
    Participant

    Its Anti-Semitism, the local government is trying to live off the back of the yidden

    ZD, explain this one. Isn’t the town (one of the Five Towns) run by Yidden?

    And L’maase, I would think the Olam there can pony up the quarter, but if they want to protest, some well placed chewing gum (or even a piece of paper and some tape) would probably work.

    #1142597
    lesschumras
    Participant

    GAW, only the school board is, and here we are talking about the incorporated Village of Cedarhurst

    #1142598
    COKEBOYCOTT
    Member

    I don’t think it’s anti semitism, just plain old looking to make more money

    #1142599
    gavra_at_work
    Participant

    GAW, only the school board is, and here we are talking about the incorporated Village of Cedarhurst

    The mayor isn’t Jewish?

    #1142600
    lesschumras
    Participant

    Cokeboycott, do you live in Cedarhhrdt?

    #1142601
    COKEBOYCOTT
    Member

    My business is in Cedarhurst.

    #1142602
    COKEBOYCOTT
    Member

    It’s Election Day today. Anyone who lives in Cedarhurst and is fuming about the meters needs to make their voice heard today.

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