Holy Parking Ticket! Batman & Robin Say ‘Feed Your Meter’

“No policeman is going to give the Batmobile a ticket,” exclaims Robin the Boy Wonder to Batman, moments after parking the Batmobile to go kick some super villain butt.

Maybe not a cop, but don’t put it past one of Chicago’s hard nosed Parking Enforcement Aides.

Video courtesy of our nostalgic friends over at MeTV.

11 Responses to Holy Parking Ticket! Batman & Robin Say ‘Feed Your Meter’

  1. Mike says:

    Yeah, except our money goes to a private company which reminds me of something. I wonder how that lawsuit is going. Personally, I think the city should NOT be able to write expired meter tickets (since the city no longer owns and operates them) and by the same token that company SHOULD ONLY be able to write expired meter tickets(aka…protect their investment).

  2. Let the city prove beyond a reasonable doubt where meter ticket money really winds up. For the public good, let the city prove it instead just wagging their tounges,

  3. DoR Employee says:

    Mike…you just proved Mark Twain’s Adage.

    “Better to keep your mouth shut and only be thought stupid than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.”

    The city didn’t SELL the meters/streets to Morgan Stanley/CPM for 1.115 billion dollars.

    It Is a LEASE. A 75 year lease. CPM has the requirement to repair and maintain the Boxes and Meters…and they get to collect the revenue generated from the boxes and meters.

    How is it a good idea to have the people that can physically change the time on the meter boxes be the ones that Enforce them? You expect honestly from a company that is managed by a member of the Daily family?

    You must not be from Chicago originally.

    And I find the ticket doctor to be fairly amusing…for his lack of brains.

  4. Mike says:

    To DOR:

    You can call it a lease but it’s more like a sale. For instance, if you lease a car, you will have it for 3 or 4 years. When you lease something for 75 years, you own it.

    The company can adjust the times whether the city enforces them or not. It doesn’t matter if you write the ticket or not.

    My point stands and p.s. you’re an idiot!

  5. mark says:

    Looks like you hit a nerve with her.

    Taken from the listed website P.57:


    A ticket writer/traffic aide with 9 years is paid $44568/yr at grade G10. G11 is $48924, G12 $53628 and G13 $58860. G11-G13 are various forms of supervisors for traffic aids and ticket writers. A better job would be a police dispatcher who is at G14 $64596.

    Not bad considering there is no education requirment. Of course you do have to sell your soul to the mayor. That’s a lot of ticket writing to make up the salary and benefits since we don’t get the meter revenue.

  6. DoR Employee says:


    I love how you know how to use Google…but the Dispatchers managers haven’t allowed Hiring for several years…so a good percentage of us are stuck in this job unless we outright Resign. In this economy..you’re stupid to quit anything that pays a salary for a honest days work.

    As for educational requirement…..90% of the Union Jobs in this city only require a “Willingness to Show up and Work.” Management and Higher require degree’s and CLOUT….if you didn’t already realize how this fucking city works.


    City Halls 5th Floor is the only place that has the LEGAL right to alter Times of Operation and Rates for the Meters hourly charge. CPM can’t change SHIT.

  7. Mike says:

    DOR Employee,

    You claim City Hall controls the rates and times of operation.

    Look, the city should have increased rates and profited off them for years to come, as always. However, they sold them for a lump sum.

    If City Hall really runs the show and calls the shots on meter times and prices, then we should lock up the doors of the city hall with our politicians in there and burn it to the ground. They sold us out and CPM/LAZ is laughing all the way to the bank.

    CPM/LAZ controls prices and times otherwise there should have been a small increase NOT huge increase in price and hours.

  8. Without taking note on any one specific issue on forums like these, DOR’s retorts resort to personal attacks when faced with a perponderence of overwelming facts. Having debated the city’s talking heads before, this tactic is taken directly out of the city’s propaganda play book. It doesn’t work anymore…
    It’s ironic how a city that which has been steeped in corruption for decades can not for one second be trusted to tell the truth whenever there is money involved. To take an abject point about the semantics on lease versus sale is silly. The rights to the meters were SOLD for 75 years. With whatever label is slapped on it, it was a deal made in the dark shadows of city hall out of public view rushed, hushed with the grease the makes the city “work” for those who wield the political clout. Any defense of these tactics is obscene by it’s very nature. Whenever a claim is made by the city follow the money, you’ll find not only the truth, also the deceptions!

  9. Jose says:

    City Hall officials said that after the first five years of the 75-year parking meter lease, rate hikes will be subject to approval by aldermen and are expected to be at the rate of inflation.


    Thus…All Meter Rate increases are still, Currently decided by the City.

  10. erica washington says:

    How much does Chicago receive annually in parking and traffic violations?

  11. DoR Employee says:

    Traffic Violation numbers are separate from the Department of Revenues Ticket writing PEA’s.

    Since we don’t do Movers…none of us can say…

    To get that information, a FOIA document would need to be filed with the Collections Sub-Department of Revenue.

    I am a Street Operations employee of the Dept/Revenue. There are multiple sub-departments in the Overall Revenue Department umbrella.

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