Town Square

Post a New Topic

Schadenfreude

Original post made by Poster on Jun 15, 2014

A small delight this morning just before noon watching all the illegally parked cars being towed. Provided chuckles for many bystanders and income for the towing companies. And maybe some fines for the city.

Comments (3)

Posted by Long Time Resident, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 15, 2014 at 9:08 pm

I don't know why watching a car being ticketed or towed would be considered a delight, and cause people anyone to "chuckle".
If this was downtown, the cost really hurts. Many of the employees in the local shops only make $10 an hour and it is more than a days pay.
I know some parents and families who drive their teens to work at the businesses downtown because there is no where safe for them to park which is close. You would not want your teen daughter going to empty parking lot at night by herself.
Often when people receive a ticket or are towed, they never return to shop/eat again downtown.
I don't think this is a funny.


Posted by Poster, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 15, 2014 at 9:36 pm

I was referring to the cars illegally parked downtown in the area reserved for the World Music Festival, and should have mentioned that. There were signs everywhere forbidding parking during specified times, so no one had an excuse to park there. The operation took significant time, ample for anyone who just had a quick errand or a drop off to skid free. A car in the block that houses Cafe Venizia was there for more than 45 minutes, for instance. So I don't have much sympathy for people like that.


Posted by Nora Charles, a resident of Stanford
on Jun 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Nora Charles is a registered user.

Schadenfreude can be a wonderful feeling, Poster!


If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Scottís Seafood Mountain View to close, reopen as new concept
By Elena Kadvany | 7 comments | 2,912 views

Who Says Kids Donít Eat Vegetables?
By Laura Stec | 7 comments | 1,615 views

Breastfeeding Tips
By Jessica T | 11 comments | 1,487 views

How Bad Policy Happens
By Douglas Moran | 12 comments | 876 views

The life of Zarf
By Sally Torbey | 4 comments | 321 views