Illegal Haredi Parking Ticket Gemach Shocks Almost No One
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Holy gemach, Batman!
Gotham City has been struck by another nefarious plot, this one hatched in Borough Park and meant to deprive the city’s cash-strapped coffers of cold hard cash.
A Borough Park lumber and home center has reportedly set up a gemach, a charity fund, made up of used Muni-Meter receipts donated by customers and neighbors in a cardboard box near his checkout counter.
The scam works this way.
People who receive parking tickets near the store check the box for matching Muni-Meter receipts with the same block and time. If they find one that matches, they use it to challenge their ticket by falsely claiming that their ticket was written in error.
New receipts with time still remaining on them are also donated and used by gemach patrons.
"People come in here all the time to check it out," an employee of the Boro Park Lumber & Home Center told the Daily News.
However, a store manager claimed the gemach wasn't organized by the store or its personnel.
"Somebody outside the store did it. We are not involved in it," the manager reportedly said.
"No one can dispute the fact that our city is ticket-happy, but fraudulently helping people fight tickets when they are actually guilty is over the top,” a shocked City Councilman James Vacca, who is the chairman of the Council’s Transportation Committee, told the News.