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A federal court of appeals ruled, yesterday, that chalking the tires of your parked car was a violation of the fourth amendement.  For those of you who don't have an idetic memory of the constitution and all its amendements, the fourth is the one that protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures (among other things).

Now while you and I may not consider someone chalking our tires an illegal search... Alison Clark, of Michigan... who'd been the unwilling recipient of many chalkings of her car took umbridge, and filed a lawsuit.  And believe it, or don't... (as my eastern-european grandmother used to say)... she won!  the court determinied that the chalking of the tire... when the car was legally parked... gave them no right to "trespass" and mark the tire.

So, my guess is that lovely Rita meter-maid will be putting away her chalk, and replacing it with a digital chalking method to determine just how long your car has been taking up that space.

Vindication!?  Nah... prolly not.  But, hey!... I'll take what I can get.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
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Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good afternoon Alan. This is a great story and your grandmother would be proud too.

Apr 23, 2019 10:25 AM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI Alan- Ahhh we have the parking posse in Delray that would ride up and down A1A taking great delight in seeing a car that had gone over the limit. Very interesting story!!!

Apr 23, 2019 10:50 AM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Here in Sacramento, they seem to be evolving away from Meter Maids by simply putting meters at every spot.  They're out to get us one way or another.  Personally, I think the practice discourages shopping, dining and business growth, in areas where they exist, and moves folks out into the suburbs instead.

Apr 23, 2019 04:27 PM #3
Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY

Who knew?  I wonder how much revenue this brings to a city.  I'm of the camp that thinks the practice discourages us as Myrl Jeffcoat brings up.  Maybe a flat fee for parking....however in big cities, maybe the demand for spots overrides limitless parking for hours.  I know they make a parking meter ap now can pay through your phone if you are running late. Looks like the entire practice will be re-evaluated as this law suit win trickles out and about.

Apr 25, 2019 09:10 AM #4
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