I saw on the news tonight that some Rhawnhurst (Faunce Street & Castor Avenue) residents were surprised when they went to their cars this morning. But not because a tire slasher had struck. They had received parking tickets around 10PM the previous night for facing the wrong direction on a two way street. The overall neighborhood complaint in the news report was that if the residents had been warned/told beforehand not to park that way they would not have. The residents thought they had been ambushed with the tickets since they had been parking this same way for years without any problems. Moreover, this action was not conducted by the dreaded PPA but by members of the 2nd police district of the PPD. I find this to be an absolute abomination! The police in the notheast division can not seem to stop the epidemic of tire slashings occuring in our neighborhoods but now they are going to crack down on someone parking the opposite direction on a two way street? To make matters worse, the commanding officer of the 2nd police district was interviewed in the report and gave the technical baloney for why this type of behavior (parking against traffic) is hazardous. Give me a break! Have they all gone nuts?
Adding insult to injury, the reporter showed cars parked on the streets in the vicinity of the 2nd/15th police district house, which could actually belong to police officers working at the time, that were also parked in the same technically illegal manner. Perhaps, the commanding officer of the 2nd district should get off his fat ass and tour the surrounding streets of the building he is working in. The Philadelphia Police Department should be above such baloney! With all the problems facing our area this is just picayune nonsense. It sounds to me that one particular officer may have a pet peeve about specific parking issues. The Captain would do well to take this particular officer's ticket book away from him/her and place that officer on a detail to guard against tire slashings. This kind of insensitivty gives the department and its members a bad name. Needlessly!
Naturally, this is in my humble opinion. And no, I was not the recipient of any parking tickets over there.