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Complaints: Taking the message to the public


EDIT: Hacked the code so it embeds now!!! yay!!!!

At this point in time we still see individuals taking these kinds of extreme actions. But as “swarming” tools become stronger in social networks – groups is pretty poor on YouTube – we will start to see large numbers of people aggregating to take action. From JimmyJustice (who hates getting parking tickets):

Some laws may seem spurious and arcane.Other laws are very logical.For example , New York City vehicle and traffic law prohibits a motorist from parking his vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.This is not rocket science here.Obviously the law is in place to save lives by creating a zone for firemen to access the water and do their job as expeditiously as possible.It is a public safety hazard to block a fire hydrant.What if a fire were to break out?

In this scene, Jimmy Justice witnesses a new york city traffic enforcement agent park her official vehicle blocking a fire hydrant.Then she goes into a grocery store and a fire actually breaks out in the next building.

The firemen have no access to the pump and they are very angry.And this officer doesnt even come out of the store to move her car, until Jimmy Justice goes inside to give her a piece of his mind. (112,000 views on this one, other videos have 10’s of thousands of views)

We are pretty passive and don’t take action on things that don’t bother us (global warming? what global warming?) but if it touches a nerve for us personally, we have the media tools and the media distribution to get our word out. And how! He now runs a channel on YouTube, playing parking inspector vigilante. And has been approached to do a real live TV show.

I personally love social networks that are vigilante about parking. Dunno why. Read older stuff here bout caughtya (ppl parking in disabled spots) and parking idiots. Hmmm, this is what I wrote back then: Citizen Parking Inspector? *shudders* Now we rank and review each others parking skills? No wonder I no longer have a car! :p Heh.

UPDATE: Got video working

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

2 thoughts on “Complaints: Taking the message to the public

  1. OK,

    so for several years I lived on what I reckon must be the worst street for parking behaviour in the known universe. Couple that with being a one way street that several times a week someone who couldn;t be bothered going all the way round would simply drive down the wrong way.

    I forever meant to start fuckedparking.com, where you post photos of, well, egregiously bad parking behaviour (avec number plates).

    But someone went and did it.

    I always reckoned it would sweep the world – but it didn’t. Maybe most people do it some time or another – I just happen to be the worlds bigest goody two shoes when it comes to that kind of thing.

    But I share your parking fetish!

  2. I’ve been very tempted a few times to take photos of idiot parking attempts with number plates in clear view and send them to the RTA.

    I never actually thought of a Flickr group or similar. Wouldn’t it be interesting if the RTA actually started a site? Imagine a) the revenue they’d raise and b) the costs they’d save. Interesting proposition…

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