According to Reuters, James Cleaveland and his gang of merry-coin-giving-men are the subject of a law suit seeking a restraining order to prevent these hoodlums from putting change where it doesn’t belong. In the city’s parking meters.
According to the article, “Cleveland and a group of friends took to the streets with pocketfuls of change and began shadowing the city’s three parking enforcement officers, stuffing coins in expired meters before they could issue $5.00 tickets.” These folks probably make very little money and most likely cry themselves to sleep at night after being berated by motorists catching them in the act of doing their job.
This is the most gang activity that New Hampshire has ever seen. Experts may be flown in from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to consult.
The group involved is part of the “Free Keene” movement, which is a local cell of the “Free State Project.” Basically, they are trying to get libertarians to settle in New Hampshire so they can implement Ron Swanson’s ideal form of government.
The City of Keene takes exception not just to the loss of income in fines, but to the alleged acts of these bandits “of videotaping, taunting and intimidating its parking meter personnel.” While it is fun to think of these guys running around thwarting the Sheriffs of Parking-Meter-Ham, they would probably gain even more affection if they were a little nicer to the meter attendants.
The citizens of Keene seem to be okay with the group. The gang leaves calling cards on the windshield of the cars that they “save” stating “Your Meter Expired! However we saved you from the king’s tariff! – Robin Hood & The Merry Men” and requesting donations. In return the gang is receiving donations and thank you notes.
It’s like a god damn war zone out there.
If only there were someone who would do something about this. A vigilant who would be willing to take matters into his own hands and restore order to the streets of Keene…