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Kickstarter Campaign Launched To Fund Anti-Dibs Sign Campaign

Dibs signSome Chicagoans loathe the local custom of dibs–or using junk to save a parking space on the street after a snowstorm.

That list includes Johnathan Pool, a resident who’s launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to secure enough funds to print up anti-dibs lawn signs according to DNA Info.

The Dibs Shame campaign is looking to raise about $1000 to get the signs made–signs which would be placed on or near junk being used to save a parking space. The premise is the sign will embarrass the dibster into changing their behavior.

Move It Or Lose It: City To Begin Removal Of ‘Dibs’ Friday

Move your junk or lose it- as Streets and Sanitation crews start removing 'dibs' items off streets on Friday.

Move your junk or lose it- as Streets and Sanitation crews start removing ‘dibs’ items off streets on Friday.

Get your junk off the street–or the city will move it for you.

That’s the warning message the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation issued Wednesday to tell car owners to remove any household items that have been used to save a parking space after the big snow storm two weekends ago.

According to Streets and Sanitation spokesperson Molly Poppe, crews will begin removing ‘dibs’ related debris off streets starting Friday, February 13th.

Streets and San workers will start by removing items from streets reported in complaints to 311.

“As is the case with every winter season, once snow starts to melt, Streets and Sanitation crews begin to remove material from the public way,” said Commissioner Charles Williams. “I want to ask residents to be good neighbors and remove material from the public way to ensure it is not moved by our crews.”

End Of ‘Dibs’ On NW Side? Alderman, City At Odds Over Practice

snow-street-junkAlderman Deb Mell  announced on her Facebook page Monday that “dibs” was over in the 33rd ward.

“The City is coming through today (Monday, 2/9) to pick up items used for ‘dibs’ or reservation of street parking spaces,” said the Facebook post. “Dibs is NOT a sanctioned practice in Chicago; parking on the street is free for all residents and guests, unless City signage indicates restrictions.”

But chairs, two by fours, plastic buckets and other household junk remained on streets in Mell’s Northwest Side ward late Monday evening.

The Big Dibs Debate: Cities Take Different Approaches

A poster discourages the practice of using space savers to save a parking spot in the winter in a Boston neighborhood.

A poster discourages the practice of using space savers to save a parking spot in the winter in a Boston neighborhood.

To dib or not to dib?

That’s a question being debated on the streets of Chicago and other northern cities as the U.S. plunges into the depth of winter and it’s inevitable snowstorms.

The urban tradition of drivers using personal junk to save a parking space they just spent an hour digging out of a snowbank is deeply rooted in some cities like Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Chicago and Boston.

But while in Chicago DNA Info’s Mark Konkol defends the practice as perfectly aligned with the clout-laced tradition of the city, a neighborhood in Boston is pushing back against the practice.

Konkol recently wrote that reserving a parking spot is the reward for the hard work of freeing a vehicle from the icy clutches of a gigantic snow bank.

He also laid out some dibs guidelines for Chicago drivers including these gems:

Curbed Chicago Creates Dibs Bingo Card For Winter Parking Fun

Curbed Chicago published this fun dibs bingo card for drivers to play all winter long. Image copyright and courtesy Curbed Chicago.

Curbed Chicago published this fun dibs bingo card for drivers to play all winter long. Image copyright and courtesy Curbed Chicago.

Local real estate news website, Curbed Chicago wants to add some levity to the often serious business of winter parking in Chicago with their publication of a dibs parking bingo card.

With winter snowfall all but inevitable in Chicago, the lawn chairs, lumber, children’s toys and other junk will be soon be coming out to reserve neighborhood street parking spots. Hence Curbed Chicago’s entertaining dibs bingo card.

Dibs is the quaint tradition some Chicago residents engage in by using junk to save a parking spot on their street after they spent some time and energy digging out.

Car Stuck In A Snow Bank? Hire A Professional Shoveler

Paul Hook is promoting his car shoveling services with posters around the Ukranian Village neighborhood. Photo credit: Alisa Hauser/DNA Info.

Paul Hook is promoting his car shoveling services with posters around the Ukranian Village neighborhood. Photo credit: Alisa Hauser/DNA Info.

Car trapped under a blanket of snow?

You may want to “Book Hook.”

While Chicago has avoided any significant snowfall so far this year, one man, armed with a shovel is ready to aid Chicago drivers in digging out their cars when the snow finally arrives.

According to DNA Info, the 24-year old Hook is a waiter and an actor who came up with the idea during last year’s extra-challenging winter.

“Last year, when we had a bunch of snow I was in the shower and had a random idea to shovel snow off of cars,” Hook told DNA Info.

Women Keys Mercedes Benz In ‘Dibs’ Revenge, Winds Up In Jail

Dibs Revenge

Christie Hernandez is accused of damaging a vehicle that parked in the spot she had shoveled out on the street in front of her home. Photo Credit: Chicago Police Department.

Christie Hernandez was angry.

She had shoveled out a parking space in front of her home through the entire snow-filled winter and used orange safety cones to “reserve” her space on a public street according to DNA Info.

So when someone had the audacity to move her cones and park their Mercedes Benz in “her” spot, she took action.

She took a metal key and raked it along the side of the Mercedes.

Move Your Crap, City Starts ‘Dibs’ Junk Removal Monday

Dibs--RefreshingGet your crap off the street or the city will remove it for you starting Monday.

With the weather warming up and much of the snow melted from city streets, Streets and Sanitation crews will start collecting the junk people use to “reserve” street parking spaces according to DNA Info.

With the extreme amount of snow piling up on streets this winter, this practice or reserving spaces or ‘dibs’ has grown more pervasive than in normal winters.

Department of Streets and Sanitation spokesperson Molly Poppe told DNA Info crews will hit the streets Monday morning to start collecting the chairs, buckets, tables and many other items littering city streets.

Snow Covered Cars Are Parking Ticket Targets

Chicago has been pounded with snow this winter.

And it’s because of all this snow that many motorists who don’t drive their car very often risk an expensive $75 ticket.

Chicago motorists are required by law to move their street parked vehicle every seven days. Otherwise you can be ticketed and ultimately towed for Chicago municipal code violation #09-80-110(a)–or in English,”Abandoned Vehicle: 7 Days or Incapable of Operation.”

Fight Back Against Dibs & ‘Dump The Junk’

Are you sick of all the junk on your street?

Are you tired of the lawn furniture, milk crates, buckets, two by fours and other random crap neighbors are placing on the street to “reserve” the parking space they dug out for their car?

Do you hate the idiotic “tradition” of dibs?

Us too.

So The Expired Meter is resurrecting our  “Dump The Junk!” campaign.

It’s our effort to try and cure Chicago of this queer “tradition” of using and other junk to save a parking space in front of your house after digging out from a snowstorm.

This winter has been so rough, and side streets are still snow packed and difficult to park that more drivers than ever are embracing dibs.

This practice is selfish, filthy and idiotic–and needs to stop.