An Early Tow?

What time does the downtown rush hour tow-away zone start? Might it be 4pm? Might this tow-away yesterday be a little quick on the gun?

I took this shot with my Nokia 6682 and uploaded it to Flickr as I took it with ShoZu. Today in looking at the Flickr page for it, I noticed a little tiny detail:

Taken at 3:56 PM on March 02, 2006;

That time seem a little early to you? Might it be another case of unethical towing? And this time, with SF’s finest writing a ticket to go with it?

4 Comments so far

  1. Bill (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 4:53 pm

    Um, how do you know what the car was being towed for? Maybe it’d been parked at the meter for hours. Maybe the tags are expired.

    I’m not sure that you can disprove my suppositions any more than you can prove yours. Unless you interviewed the parking officers, or the car’s owner.

    Seems a bit premature to post this to a news site before you have all the facts at hand.

  2. wayan (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 5:06 pm

    I asked the ticket writer and she said it was a rush hour violation. I didn’t think anything of it and was actually gonna post a tow-away rant about people leaving their cars in rush hour zones till I saw the time.

    Now it could be that my cell phone clock (and therefore Cingular) was a little slow, but that would still mean that SF is mighty strict about tow times.

  3. Bill (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 6:15 pm

    I stand corrected.

  4. cd (unregistered) on March 3rd, 2006 @ 10:11 pm

    Ever tried to navigate a downtown street when some assmunch has decided not to move his car in time? If the guy wasn’t there at 3:56, he wasn’t going to have the car moved by 4. Period.

    I think that cutting it close on the time is suspect, but I would also hate to reward said assmunch for nailing the cops on a technicality for towing him early.

    City life is tough. Deal with it. And move your car on time.

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