Oh, come on, man!
What are people supposed to think these things are?
I cry foul.
I see people like this all the time.
Myself, I got a couple of these (if necessary, though usually they are not) (and while we’re at it, one of these, too) for my years-old mobile, so you won’t catch me trying to look under your bus seat for an outlet or, as here, siphoning juice, the precious juice, from outside the Lucky Super.
This driver wasn’t looking down at his cell phone (or iPod Touch or small tablet or phablet – I couldn’t really tell) while driving 15-20 MPH slower than surrounding traffic, oh no. Brocephus here was holding his mobile up high above the steering wheel.
I’ve never seen this before. Anyway, it’s your classic distracted driving and the proof of that is how slowly he was going.
(And a license plate? Oh no, no thanks, not for me, not for my Ferrari. License plates are for the little people driving around in their Honda Civics…)
Attention Ferraristi: You all think that you’re “good drivers” but in fact, as a group, you’re not. You’re all now on secret double probation – straighten up and fly right.
Gotta say I sort of saw this one coming.
And it’s not just Monkey Parking that’s in trouble today. Check out the craigslist ad from ParkModo (cached website) (@ParkModo – no Tweets yet, or maybe they were deleted?), posted on June 17th, 2014:
“Earn $13.00 P/H Just To Park! (mission district)
Our company is launching an awesome app that rewards people to sell their on-street parking spots before leaving to people who need a spot.
To help us promote the app, we are looking for 20 people with cars and iPhones to park around the mission and use the app to offer their parking spots to people looking for parking.
The hours will be from 5:30-9:00 pm Thurs-Sat starting June 26th.
This is how it works:
1. You download the app from the app store.
2. When you want to work, you will contact our field manager to check in.
3. The field manager will then instruct you as to what area and type of spot you are to park in.
4. You will then find a spot in the area and park.
5. Once you are parked, using the app, you will offer the spot for sale.
6. While you are waiting for someone to purchase the space, you will distribute postcards and promote the app.
7. Once someone purchases the spot, you will complete the transaction with the buyer and then find another space to park in and start the process all over again!
If you are interested, please click on the link below (Paste into your browser) and provide your information so we can contact you and get you started.
We look forward to working with you!”
I think ParkModo’s operations will now be on hold, for a little bit at least. But do you want some more from them? See below.
Now, all the deets about all these troubled businesses, from Herrera’s office:
“Herrera tells Monkey Parking to drop mobile app for auctioning city parking spots
Motorists face $300 fines for each violation under existing law, City Attorney says — and three startups could be liable for penalties of up to $2,500 for each transaction
SAN FRANCISCO (June 23, 2014) — San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera today issued an immediate cease-and-desist demand to Monkey Parking, a mobile peer-to-peer bidding app that enables motorists to auction off the public parking spaces their vehicles occupy to nearby drivers. The app, currently available for iOS devices, describes itself on the Apple iTunes App Store as the “the first app which lets you make money every time that you are about to leave your on-street parking spot.”
The letter Herrera’s office issued this morning to Paolo Dobrowolny, CEO of the Rome, Italy-based tech startup, cites a key provision of San Francisco’s Police Code that specifically prohibits individuals and companies from buying, selling or leasing public on-street parking. Police Code section 63(c) further provides that scofflaws — including drivers who “enter into a lease, rental agreement or contract of any kind” for public parking spots — face administrative penalties of up to $300 for each violation. Because Monkey Parking’s business model is wholly premised on illegal transactions, the letter contends that the company would be subject to civil penalties of up to $2,500 per violation under California’s tough Unfair Competition Law were the city to sue. Such a lawsuit would be imminent, Herrera’s office vowed, should the startup continue to operate in San Francisco past July 11, 2014.
“Technology has given rise to many laudable innovations in how we live and work — and Monkey Parking is not one of them,” Herrera said. “It’s illegal, it puts drivers on the hook for $300 fines, and it creates a predatory private market for public parking spaces that San Franciscans will not tolerate. Worst of all, it encourages drivers to use their mobile devices unsafely — to engage in online bidding wars while driving. People are free to rent out their own private driveways and garage spaces should they choose to do so. But we will not abide businesses that hold hostage on-street public parking spots for their own private profit.”
Herrera’s cease-and-desist demand to Monkey Parking includes a request to the legal department of Apple Inc., which is copied on the letter, asking that the Cupertino, Calif.-based technology giant immediately remove the mobile application from its App Store for violating several of the company’s own guidelines. Apple App Store Review Guidelines provide that “Apps must comply with all legal requirements in any location where they are made available to users” and that “Apps whose use may result in physical harm may be rejected.”
Two other startups that similarly violate local and state law with mobile app-enabled schemes intended to illegally monetize public parking spaces in San Francisco will also face legal action in the form of cease-and-desist demands this week, according to the City Attorney’s Office. Sweetch charges a $5 flat fee when its users obtain a parking spot from another Sweetch motorist. Sweetch drivers who pass their spots off to other Sweetch members are refunded $4 of that fee. ParkModo, which appears poised to launch later this week, according to recent employment postings on Craigslist, will employ drivers at a rate of $13.00 per hour to occupy public parking spaces in the Mission District. As with Monkey Parking and Sweetch, ParkModo then plans to sell the on-street parking spots to its paying members through its iPhone app. Sweetch and ParkModo members who make use of the apps to park in San Francisco are also subject to civil penalties of $300 per violation, and both companies are potentially liable for civil penalties of $2,500 per transaction for illegal business practices under the Cali04fornia Unfair Competition Law.
A copy of Herrera’s demand letter to Monkey Parking and additional information about the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office is available at: http://www.sfcityattorney.org/
And here’s a little more from ParkModo:
“We are currently rolling out the beta in the following cities…
San Francisco – As beautiful as city it is, parking is just as bad! Not only is there way to much demand for the supply, but the parking police will catch you if they can! Be among the first 1000 people to download the app and get $5 in free parking!
New York – Instead of calling it the city that never sleeps, they should call it the city that never has parking! Get in on ParkModo and earn some serious cash and stop wasting your time. We know every minute in ny is precious.
Chicago – There may be wind here, but there is certainly no parking! Use ParkModo and fly like the wind when you need a space!”
Be afraid, NIMBYs.
Be very, very afraid.
And make sure to inventory every slight you experience this Sunday and then repeat all of them to everybody you know for the the following two weeks so that everybody can now how you, the poor millionaire homeowner, has suffered uniquely owing to this street party what existed long before you were even born.
And just look at it – it’s pointed right towards you! Arrrgh!
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Enjoy your cellphone tower, Western Addition.
I’ll tell you, I drive and ride through this area on a regular basis, and nobody messes with me.
And when I say “high-rent,” I mean the cheapest studio available these days is going for $2000 per month ($1995 Sharp studio in an attractive 1907 Victorian (lower pac hts)) and that’s on a so-called “traffic sewer” street waaaaaaaay too close to the projects.
Anyway, here it is, courtesy of the the Ocean Beach Bulletin, 16 hours of Lower Pac Heights:
“On 08/17/13 at 11:30pm, the two victims were walking on Bush near Divisadero. One of the victim’s was looking at her cell phone for directions when they were suddenly approached by the suspect. He pulled up his sweatshirt and showed them that he had a gun in his waistband and told the victim to give him her phone. The victim complied and the suspect fled south on Divisadero St. He was described as a black male, 20-25yrs, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
On 08/18/13 at 12:40am, the victim was walking on Scott St towards California and noticed the suspects on the opposite side of the street. The suspects then crossed over to the victim with one suspect in front and the other behind. One of the suspects pulled out a handgun and demanded the victim’s phone and the victim complied. The suspects fled east on California St. One suspect was described as a black male, wearing a dark jacket and black pants. The other suspect was a Hispanic male, 20-22yrs, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.
On 08/18/13 at 2:37am, the victim was walking on the 3400 block of Sacramento St and was approached by the suspect. The suspect pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his property. The victim handed over his backpack which contained his laptop, along with his phone and wallet. The suspect then fled to an older model tan vehicle which fled north on Walnut St. The suspect was a black male, 20-25yrs wearing a navy colored sweatshirt and had short dreadlocks.
On 08/18/13 at 4:35pm, on the 1700 block of Broderick, the four victims were taking pictures of each other when the two suspects approached. The first suspect was smiling and the victims were going to ask them to take a photo of them. One of the suspects suddenly grabbed one of the girls from behind and pointed a handgun at them. He said “this is no joke” and demanded all of their phones. The other suspect grabbed one of the phones from the victim’s hand while the other two victims handed their phones over. The suspects then fled east on Pine St. One suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 25yrs, wearing a black pea coat and a white baseball cap with a black brim. The other suspect was a black male, 26yrs, with a “buzz cut” hair style, wearing a dark coat and dark jeans.”
This kind of thing is much less likely to happen to people who are driving, biking or transiting by, IMO.
All the deets:
“Captain’s Message – Richmond Station Officers are leaving no stone unturned as we work to arrest offenders responsible for a series of robberies in the area bordering Divisadero to Presidio and Sacramento to Geary Blvd. Officers and Investigators are working with bordering districts saturating the area to apprehend these criminals. Our team has been interviewing witnesses, reviewing surveillance video and comparing notes with our neighboring districts in search of these persons. We continue to ask that you pay attention to your surroundings, walk with your head up and not be distracted by your mobile devices. Also we are able to track your phone if it is taken and has not been turned off, so please remember your password to your application.”
If Miley Cyrus moved to the Mission and started riding MUNI, then it might go a little something like this.
And, oh yes, put a bird on it:
Now, what do those reddish, platform-style rocking kicks (do they come with horseshoes?) say to you? To me, they say, “Steal my iPhone and I won’t even try to chase you down.”
Stay safe, MUNI riders!
IDK, I think this dude’s court-appointed mouthpiece would be happier if dude hadn’t turned off Find My iPhone before negotiating the $180 finder’s fee.
“Uploaded on Jul 10, 2013
A friend of mine dropped her phone. This guy found it, and demanded $180 to get it back after disabling ‘Find My iPhone’. The police agreed to set up the sting. The guy you see from the back in the hat is the undercover cop. He goes to pay the guy and the three others move in. Especially notice the one flick out his baton. At this point, I am asked to stop filming, but allowed to continue after informing the officer of my rights. He only asked I moved a little down the block, which I complied with.