City Cracks Down on DIY Parking “Graffiti”

April 18, 2013 | Andy Cush

As most everyone knows, that parking spot right in front of your building isn’t actually your parking spot. But that doesn’t stop some enterprising New Yorkers from taking matters into their own hands, spray painting things like “No Parking 24 Hours,” usually in supremely shitty lettering and rife with spelling errors, on the curbs and streets in front of their homes in an effort to intimidate others away from parking there. For the past twenty years, the fine for such a crime was a paltry $50, but after a string of complaints, the Department of Transportation wants to up the restitution up to $250.

Maybe vandals should start painting on the street instead of walls. Even with the proposed increase, the fine for “street defacement” is a lot softer than punishment for “making graffiti.”

(Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer/Flickr)