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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Car2Go is hogging all the parking spaces again

So as I am leaving the gym this morning, I spy two Car2Go employees dumping cars along Grand Avenue, an offense which I thought was rectified in the past, when they left up to 15 cars in precious parking spaces - which by the way, sat in the same spaces for the whole weekend. This I assume is the case with these cars placed today. Last time, almost a year ago, I was asked by the Car2Go company to indicate to them when there are too many cars as they don't want their cars just sitting and not being used, that not only hurts Coconut Grove's parking situation, but Car2Go gets no business from cars just sitting on the side of the road.

So I went up to said employees today and said, "Guys, don't you think this is too many cars in one space?" The cars weren't left there by clients, they were literally dumped by these two employees. They looked at me as if I wasn't there and they turned their back on me (exhibit A on the left). I asked them politely again, "Guys, don't you think this is too many cars in one space?" One of the guys then said, "I don't speak English," and he got into the car. The other guy, who had been on the phone, speaking English, said to me, "We don't speak English."

I said in Spanish, "These cars have to go." They rolled up their windows as they called me a few names, and then they sped off.

They must have been waiting for me to leave so they could dump the current car they were in, because they circled the block, but by then, there were a few of us looking at the situation. People had come up to me to kibitz about the cars, too. They felt that on a holiday weekend, the Grove needs all the parking spaces it could get without a corporate giant hogging them for no other reason than to park them for safe keeping. One lady suggested that they put three of the puny  cars in one parking space, since the MPA seems to be in cahoots with Car2Go, they might not mind.

But the employees just kept driving around glaring at us until we all left so they could leave a fourth car.

So if you're out and about in the Grove this weekend, and you maybe can't find a parking space for the King Mango Strut or other things, you can blame Car2Go and their surly employees and their car dumping tactics.

Another reason we need to become our own village - to keep Car2Go out. I'm just kidding, but that is a thought. 

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Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

It's odd that these cars are exempt from parking tickets.

Who decides which companies can have that privilege?

December 27, 2014 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree I saw this too and it is not right to leave them in prime parking spaces and then they get no tickets and the cars can stay there until the are moved. Those employees need to get an education on manners. If they are doing what they are being told to do then they need to express that. Plus it looks like they do this also for advertising the cars why not have them stacked like that on miracle mile!!!!!!

December 27, 2014 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Car2Go are a recently established revenue stream for the Miami Parking Authority. Apparently the proliferation of parking meters and parking lots are not adequate enough to cover all the huge salaries and benefits to administrators, staff, BID, some festivals and political incumbents. These cars receive free parking throughout Miami and not in other municipalities such as Coral Gables. Perhaps enough complaints to Art Noriega and Rolando Tapanes will help motivate them to park more Car2Go vehicles in City of Miami lots and not so many on our public streets.

Art Noriega
Chief Executive Officer
Miami Parking Authority
305-373-6789 ext 242

Rolando Tapanes
Director of Planning & Development
305-373-6789 ext 297

December 27, 2014 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coconut Grove wants a trolly route like the rest of Miami and Gables. A$$holes.

December 27, 2014 10:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No trolley. No loud music. More construction, more "developers. No History, more plastic instead. More high rises, more RFP's, mo money for fat pigs. And go to bed at 3. OK? Ok.

December 28, 2014 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get a few strong guys to lift up the back end and roll the cars in front of a fire hydrant. Watch how fast they'll get towed. Problem solved.

December 28, 2014 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm alright with going to be at 3! And you'd be surprised how many Grovites are as well!

December 28, 2014 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Dexter said...

If they don't speak English, how did they get a US drivers' license?
And should they be driving?

December 30, 2014 1:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also parking them across from library. Hassle to pick up books unless you walk there.

December 30, 2014 7:11 AM  
Blogger Brian Breslin said...

if its any consolation Tom, I take car2Go, and then always uber/lyft back. So I effectively remove 1 car per weekend from the center grove :-)

December 31, 2014 1:32 PM  

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