Christmas Shopping With Booters?
One of our avid readers has been coming across city boot vans parked in front of retail stores while out doing his holiday shopping.
The question is why aren’t the boot vans doing something else like, well…booting?
Even booters need to get their Christmas shopping done.
“In the past week, I’ve run into two booters out shopping for Christmas presents,” says Tony via e-mail. “Late last week around 10 PM, I saw this one booter walking into the Target on Elston while I was checking out about 9 PM.”
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But then last Thursday night, Tony and his girlfriend ran into another booter shopping at the Village Discount on Kedzie north of Irving Park around 8 PM.
“My girlfriend wanted to do a bit of thrifting so she dragged me into the Village Discount,” Tony explained. “Again, walking out of the store, a booter walks right past us. I didn’t know why he wasn’t out booting cars, and even though my car is not bootable, I ran outside to make sure. We didn’t have a boot, but then I checked to see if the boot van driver had paid the meter. Guess what? No meter receipt on the windshield!!!”
We had to double check. Because, we know all Dept. of Revenue personnel would never forget to feed the meter, right? So we e-mailed Tony back to check if he was sure.
“YES!,” Tony e-mailed back including another photo he took. “I checked twice and took this photo (see photo above) and made sure it was a metered block and it was. The pay station was like three car lengths in front of the boot van. What the hell? I’m paying a fortune to park on the streets and these guys think they can park anywhere and not pay? Total double standard. That sucks.”
In closing, we asked Tony if he had any holiday message for Chicago’s booters.
“Ah, it’s nearly Christmas,” Tony responded. “Merry Christmas–that’s all.”
Well said Tony.