The Department Of Justice To The Rescue
Glad to help out. Things like this are what I'm here for.
On my radio program yesterday afternoon, I shared an e-mail that I had received from a listener who had been ripped off while attending a concert at the Bradley Center Sunday. Apparently, under the noses of several cops in the area, a couple of scammers pretended to be parking attendants and parked cars (at $10 apiece) on a lot owned by Milwaukee County. After the lot was filled, the scammers split and the DPW moved in and issued $30 or $40 parking tickets to all cars in the lot!
I'm told that this was not the first time that something like this had happened.
After the show, I wrote a blog entry on the matter. Contemporaneously, Jon Byman from our News Department and my colleague Tom Murray at Today's TMJ 4 also pursued the story. This resulted in several radio and television news reports yesterday. I also see that the Journal Sentinel picked up the story for today's newspaper.
The good news is that now that the matter has gone public, the City says that it will void all parking tickets written Sunday for the lot in question. The bad news is that the police seem to take the position that it's "buyer beware" when parking downtown.
Since talking about this story yesterday, I've received several extremely kind e-mails from people about the matter. For example, here's a follow-up e-mail that I received from the listener who intially told me about the problem:
There's no need to thank any of us at WTMJ for exposing this outrage though. That's what we're here for.
Let me offer what might strike the authorities as being a somewhat novel idea. Instead of issuing tockets after the fact, why not spend a few minutes trying to catch the scammers who are pulling this fraud almost literally in the shadow of the main police department in the first place?