Sunday, June 07, 2009

NY Meter Maids Repeatidly Ticket Van Without Noticing the Dead Body Laying in the Back Seat

I have a huge pet peeve. NYC meter maids. Firstly, the only reason I see for cars to be ticketed, is if they are parked somewhere, where they are obstructing traffic or some or sort of emergency, business, or public service. Why the hell the need for all those meters? Money for a NY economy that doesn't give back to most of those drivers. My main issue, is as you walk in any of the boroughs or the city, you can spot those maids, walking back and fourth up streets and in some cases, just waiting by a parking meter, for an expiration. Why, all those tickets? Extra money in their bonuses. They aren't even concerned with the events that lead that car there; they are just feigns waiting for their next hit. And the story that follows this little hate rant of mines, is further proof and quite disturbing.

On the Queens/Brooklyn expressway, meter maids continued to ticket a car that was parked, while a dead body lay in plain view, for a month. Instead of inquiring why a car would be stationary for that long, checking to see if anything was wrong; they continued to rack up on the tickets, obviously more concerned with their personal gain; than truly being of service to the city of NY. I'm sure they seen the man and figured he was sleeping, and it was an easy way to write a ticket up without an argument or disagreement. How sick!

Article from CBS HD:

Police made a gruesome discovery earlier this week while getting ready to tow a heavily-ticketed van – a decomposed body in the back seat.

It was that of a missing man, and now his family wants to know to how officers could ticket the vehicle numerous times -- and never notice what was inside.

Jennifer Morales, who didn't want her face filmed by CBS 2 HD cameras, wondered how her father's body could go unnoticed for so long.

"I'm shocked. I'm surprised, um...," Morales said.

The daughter of 58-year-old George Morales wants everyone to remember her handyman father in a different way, not as a decomposed body found in a van under the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on Wednesday. He'd been dead a month, in a van with four parking tickets.

"If you see an abandoned vehicle, you don't report it? You wait a month?" Jennifer Morales wondered.

Morales' daughter said her father left their apartment in Washington Heights on May 5 in a van owned by a friend. George Morales was headed for Long Island, but he just vanished.

His daughter suspects George Morales, who suffered from diabetes and heart problems, may have felt ill, and pulled off the road for a nap. A window was cracked. The odor became overpowering. After the car was ticketed each Monday for a month, a marshal, about to tow the van, noticed a body in the back seat.

"If you see a car has already three to four tickets and you just slabbing more, at least call 9-1-1 and say there's a car here that's not moving," Jennifer Morales said.

When he was found, his daughter said, he was not covered with a blanket or coat, but was in plain view of anyone who looked inside. She wondered: what if there was a person inside a car who was ill and needed help?

Jennifer Morales said it should be a lesson to all traffic agents and police officers: don't ticket without looking inside.

The NYC Medical Examiner's office has told the family it appears George Morales died of a heart attack. There was no word from police as to why tickets were repeatedly issued without taking a look inside.

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