City of Houston Tickets MINI …Parked on a Wall

We’ve all gotten a parking ticket before. Chances are though, when the local parking enforcement officer ticketed your MINI, it wasn’t attached to the side of a building. It’s also very likely that your MINI is a real car, and not a lightweight fiberglass dummy car that’s part of MINI’s current “Not Normal” campaign.

Looks like MINI is having fun with their marketing efforts again and the city of Houston, as municipal government often is, doesn’t have much of a sense of humor about it.

[Via: Jalopnik]

Written By: Nathaniel Salzman

  • me

    One reason I left the hell that is Houston… stupid city.

    • CV

      I grew up there, and umm, what you said!

  • nsbancroft

    Oh Texas…smh

  • brt356

    Lighten up Houston – what’s next, ticketing building with too many windows!?

    • http://www.nathanielsalzman.com/ Nathaniel Salzman

      I think that someone thought it was an actual 2,600 lb car and therefore a huge overhead hazard. Which is a whole extra layer of stupid.

  • mike

    Its not a parking ticket, its a code enforcement notice… Anyone who owns a house knows that anytime you add to a structure you need to contact the city and get approval. I can kind of see their point, even though its stupid. I’d imagine public buildings are under more scrutiny since there’s a chance of danger – if that thing fell it’d still hurt.. even if its fiberglass.

    • http://www.nathanielsalzman.com/ Nathaniel Salzman

      Well it’s not a public building — not a library or a courthouse — but if they didn’t get the proper permits, then obviously that’s a problem. I think you’re onto something in that there’s probably something more to this story than a city official simply happening upon a car on the side of a building.

  • kbene

    OK, its Texas. We’re lucky some yahoo citizen didn’t try to SHOOT it down!

  • Houshmand

    That’s funny, specially since Houston is one of the few cities with no zoning laws.

  • Kurtster

    Not surprised. Texas plays by their own rules. I lived there for a year and had federally issued license plate but got a ticket anyway. When I went to court to fight it they had a prosecutor representing the state against me. The plates were issued by the presidential inaugural committee and came with a note stating they were valid in all 50 states for 90 days only. The prosecutor said that wasn’t Texas law so I had to pay. After I paid a lawyer stopped me outside the courtroom to tell me the judge and prosecutor just ripped me off. Needless to say I’ll ever live in Texas again and hopefully never have to drive there either.

  • Bob Hayhurst

    I like the fiberglass car on the side of the building and say pooh on the city for the stop work order…

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