Park Atlanta Parking Tickets? Only For The Little People

February 21, 2013 9:00 am

by Charlie · 18 comments

Fox5 Atlanta’s Dale Russell brings us this gem:

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kzh February 21, 2013 at 9:13 am

Bringing back the caste system.

kzh February 21, 2013 at 9:14 am

Special treatment for special people.

Bridget Cantrell February 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than the others.”

elfiii February 21, 2013 at 10:19 am

There is very little to be surprised about here.

Charlie February 21, 2013 at 10:20 am

Erick has two hours to kill on it tonight:

https://twitter.com/EWErickson/status/304607662497222656

seenbetrdayz February 21, 2013 at 10:22 am

How much ‘testing’ do they have to do?

If I got a few dozen tickets in 9 months, I’d say the folks are doing their job.

Of course, I wonder if anyone who issued tickets for those special people’s vehicles is still on the job. Probably got fired for doing their job to the wrong people. That’d be ironic, wouldn’t it?

I doubt if they give a crap what anyone thinks, but here’s the company that manages park Atlanta:

http://www.duncansolutions.com/

jamesdillard February 21, 2013 at 10:40 am

Kind of amazing that FOX5 only got to this story because that guy did all the heavy lifting… way to report the news, guys!

Vesuvius February 21, 2013 at 10:50 am

This is ridiculous. If these tickets were incurred as part of any bona fide auditing program, the municipal employees to whom they were issued would have been driving one of the many, many City of Atlanta official vehicles. Both of these drivers appeared to in their own luxury cars when filmed.

And that being the case, at least own up to giving certain City officials special privileges instead of making up a bogus “mystery shopper” excuse.

Please. These folks put the P.U. in PUblic servant!

saltycracker February 21, 2013 at 12:14 pm

All this negative talk, geez !
When will these supervisors get a big raise for their success in the secret shopper aka audit that keeps Park Atlanta on their toes ?
Did they get full reimbursement for their BMW & other car expenses for personal aka undercover vehicle use ? (They did minimize mileage by parking outside HQ)………

And they got their boss and a council member to back them up…….sweeeeeet !

Rambler14 February 21, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Did FOX submit a FOIA for any information related to this “secret shopper” program?
Surely if it existed, there’d have to be some backup material on it?

Charlie February 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm

But if they released that, it wouldn’t be a secret any more.

Dave Bearse February 21, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Documentation of controls? That implies a modicum of competence.

Feelinmystyle February 21, 2013 at 3:54 pm

I’m David Howell, The whistle blower from the story. There is a lot more to this that wouldn’t fit into the 6 minute story during the news cast. Perhaps I will call into the Erick Erickson show tonight and give a few more details that will rock the boat a little more…

The Comma Guy February 21, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Why is the head of Park Atlanta driving a car with a Wisconsin license plate?

Feelinmystyle February 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm

He has a Georgia tag on the back of the car. Duncan Solutions, PARKAtlantas parent company, is based in Wisconsin and he was moved down here for this project.

Will Durant February 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Public Works Commissioner Richard Mendoza deserves double secret probation for even trying to tell his “secret shopper” whopper. We all know about lies, damn lies, and statistics but is there a category for lies that insult the intelligence of 98% of the population?

Napoleon February 22, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Little people? Do you mean to say parking tickets are for the children?

John Konop February 23, 2013 at 8:09 am

This is good news! The next time I get pulled over for driving or parking violation, I will just say I am part of the secrete shopper,real time, no data, Mendoza study. I was only speeding to test the system thank you officer. :)

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