Posts Tagged ‘drumm’

Would You Like a “Free Gift?” Well, Then Just Join the U.S. Army: MUNI Bus Stop Recruiting Station, Market Street

Friday, June 29th, 2012

In the Financh, not too far from the official recruiting station on Davis near Broadway:

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This “7-ELEVEN NOTICE” in the Financh Bears No Relationship with Reality, Unless the 7-11 Company Owns Drumm Street

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The 7-11 store across the street from the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero won’t let you loiter on Drumm Street?

And this 7-11 has “customer parking?”

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So the Only Difference Between a Good Christmas Tree Abandoner and a Bad Christmas Tree Abandoner is Timing?

Friday, January 6th, 2012

I think that’s it.

A grove of dead Christmas trees, Financial District, California, USA. Just throw it wherever the Hell you want, Christian. We’ll take care of it for you:

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Boy, getting rid of these trees is a lot easier than getting them in the first place…

So, bring out your dead.

Down and Out on California Street

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

At the foot of Calfiornia near the foot of Drumm and not too far from the foot of Market:

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A Towing Victim Fights Back after DPT’s Public Private Partnership Clears the Streets

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Here’s the thing – you gotta have rules. One rule in San Francisco is that you gotta move your car out of many parking spaces by 3:00 PM in the Financial District, or else you’re going to get a hefty ticket and a memorable tow job. Why? Cause rush hour is coming and the Spice Must Flow.

But what if you come back to your car while the tow truck is hooking you up? I’ve seen cases where the tow truck operator will release the vehicle under the assumption that the driver immediately leave. All right. You still have to pay the parking ticket, but all right.  But what if the truck makes it a block away and you, the car’s owner, hop on the tow truck to halt its progress?

As here. It’s well after 3:00 PM on Drumm Street between California and Sacramento, so you get a ticket and a tow. Just another day in paradise.

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But what’s this? The owner grabbing onto the passenger door handle and  hopping up on the tow truck’s running board after chasing it down for a block to Market Street? Yes!

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Let’s everybody call the SFPD to clear things up. And let’s conversate about the situation.

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Here’s the thing. The government has an interest in keeping the streets clear for traffic, so it can’t be Mr. Nice Guy. It’s got to enforce the rules or we’ll have chaos. (Although in this case, leaving the car there in that particular case wouldn’t have affected traffic a whit, in all probability) Conversely, the tow truck company has an interest in making money. (That’s why whenever I hear the phrase “public private partnership” the first thing I think is the potential for corruption.) The tow truck driver here has pretty much done all the work already, so what does he gain from releasing the vehicle? Nothing. In fact, he loses.  

So, the tow truck operator focuses on the fact that it’s after 3:00 PM and the vehicle owner focuses on the fact that he’ll drive his offending vehicle out of the way just as soon as the truck driver lets him. The public interest would be satisfied by releasing the vehicle at the scene, but not the private.

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Note the 101 California security officer monitoring the scene from the background. In his six years on the job, he’s never seen the cops tell a tow truck driver to let the driver and vehicle go. Also note the old-school, Oscar-the-Grouch-style mini trash can on the truck. What’s up with that?

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Let’s leave this scene now as I left it, all involved waiting for the SFPD to show up.

On it goes…