Over on this side of the river, a boot on a car for failure to pay the “I don’t own a garage” tax otherwise known as a parking ticket, is quite the common sight. Occasionally, you even see people contemplating if they can take it off themselves, looking at the lock, checking out where it’s clamped. When the money is low the last thing you want to do is throw it away. Which is the reason you never paid your tickets, which lead to the clamp that’s gonna cost you an extra $150, which if you don’t pay in time is gonna mean your ride will get towed and then you are truly jodido. The non-poor rarely realize how expensive it is to be poor. And no, being broke is not poor. When you can no longer call the parents or your other unspecified “resources” to bail you out, then you’ll start finding out what it means to be poor. And by the looks of this fancy BMW/Benz/whatever the fuck it is with a boot, seems people will start getting acquainted with the concept of without fairly soon!
(Update 3/28: Another picture to admire added to end of post!)
You’d think that in a part of town where people tend to have money, or pretend to have money, they’d be able to pay those parking tickets. You’d think. But no, some still get the boot. I imagine it’s just someone too busy to be bothered with those little details of life, those things you can usually shove off on an assistant or some other menial laborer. That’s my first guess. Or could it be that the wheels are starting to freeze up on that unsustainable lifestyle of consumption? That would be my second guess.
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UPDATE! UPDATE! UPDATE!
So right on cue, today in Malibu (I was pitching my screenplay about an elotero that falls in love with a traffic light to some mofo, why else would I be here?) I spot yet another example of the cracks on that fancy lifestyle, this other fancy car with a duct tape repair! Jajajaja! I thought only we did that. Maybe we can finally start building some cross-town connections?