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Car trickery.

There has been a car parked in front of my office building for a while now - I'd estimate, oh, a good 2 hours, given that I've seen it during two separate jaunts downstairs. This is somewhat significant only because there is no parking on my block. The only thing permitted is loading and unloading by commercial traffic.

It has its hood opened, and its warning lights blinking. A look at what has been revealed by the open hood shows a hand-written sign that says "Waiting for a jump."

There is no one in the car, nor standing by it.

I'm finding this rather... odd.

If your battery was dead, thus necessitating said jump, would your warning blinkers be working? I suppose there is some juice remaining in the battery, but... for this long?

I wonder if this is just some grand ploy to park in the restricted area without getting towed or ticketed.

If so, it's worked so far.

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sjo
Nov. 12th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
If the car needs a jump, the blinkers won't work. Therefore, it's a ploy of some sort!
boymeat
Nov. 12th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
Trickery and deceit!
whipartist
Nov. 13th, 2007 07:32 am (UTC)
Not necessarily true. It takes a pretty huge amount of juice to start the car, and much less to power some lights. If the battery is marginal, it's entirely possible that everything will work fine for a while, but the car still won't start.

However, two hours is probably well past "a while" in this scenario. Ergo, ploy.
melebeth
Nov. 12th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
It sounds like a parking ploy to me :)

I wish I'd thought of it, although I shouldn't complain. My manhattan parking karma has been amazing lately.
thornyc
Nov. 13th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)

Next time, go back to your apartment for a similar-colored pen. Add a time and write "Back in 15 minutes."

And maybe "Pay no attention to the blinking lights!"

;)

deafdyke
Nov. 13th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)
last week, a USPS delivery truck was double-parked in front of an available space (thus blocking entry to the space) for the longest time. Car pulls up, and out gets the USPS driver. He'd blocked a space for himself with the truck and gone to get his car.

New Yorkers are very .... enterprising when it comes to finding parking.
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