David Frum

02.05.13

Here's One Way to Beat City Hall

Sometimes you can fight City Hall - if you have the video evidence.

The Tel Aviv municipality changed a legal parking spot into a handicapped parking spot while a local woman's car was parked there and then towed the car for parking illegally without a handicapped permit. …

The surprise paint job took place near Ben Baruch's apartment on Yehuda Halevy Street between when she parked her car Sunday afternoon and went to retrieve it that evening. Ben Baruch had a hard time believing her eyes when she found her car missing and her perfectly legal parking spot labeled handicapped only.

When she called the municipal hotline to find out what had happened, the operator accused her of lying …

Fortunately, the building across the street had a video camera fixed on the very spot, forcing the city to acknowledge error:

"This was indeed a serious error, and schlemielism that is unacceptable to the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality," the city said in a statement, using a Yiddish word for bungling. "We apologize for the distress and will examine our conduct for the future, so that these kinds of things won't happen again."

You can view the municipal workers repainting the spot here:

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