• Mar 3, 2011



Walking out to find a boot on your car is about the third worst thing that can happen to your parked vehicle. (One and two would have to be finding out your car was towed or broken into.) Jessica Davey of Southern England walked out to find her Renault Clio wearing the extra metal on one of its wheels and was afraid that the tow company was next to pay her a visit. She decided to stay with the car and fend off any tow trucks... for the next 30 hours.

According to reports, the reason she got the boot in the first place is that her parking permit was not displayed on her windshield. It was, however, sitting in plain sight on the dashboard but not follow the rules to a T is apparently grounds for a bootin' in her neck of the woods.

Davey was worried that the cost to retrieve her car, should it be towed, would be more than the vehicle was actually worth. Her boyfriend tried removing the boot and was quickly arrested, but later released with no charges filed.

The parking enforcement officer, Anthony Brindley, stuck around to make sure the boot stayed put. Brindley said he could remove the boot if Davey paid the £110 ($180 USD) fee. She continued to stick to her guns and the seat of her Clio. Brindley also hung tough, but 30 hours later he moved on. That's when Jessica Davey set to work and removed the boot herself.

In the end, Jessica Davey and her Renault Clio persevered and tasted freedom. Davey did miss a day of work because of the matter, and we're curious how much that cost her.

[Source: News.com.au | Image: ecastro/Flickr via CC2.0]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      PWNED!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where was angle grinder man?
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGQMq3hNv-g
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nah, the worst thing to happen to your parked car is to have it used as a soup kitchen by Dirty Jim and the boys.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Law enforcement for fun and profit. As with any for-profit business like traffic enforcement, you have to make something unprofitable for them to stop doing it, and tying up a traffic officer for 30 hours is a great way to start. Good on her.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Not law enforcement. It's a private enterprise.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "One and two would have to be finding out your car was...broken into"

      What about broken in two:
      http://www.autoblog.com/2011/03/03/video-how-not-to-rescue-your-truck-from-a-frozen-lake/
      Sorry, couldn't resist.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Love to see the little guy or gal win one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "In the end, Jessica Davey and her Renault Clio persevered and tasted freedom."

      Isn't that a toyota camry in the pic?
        • 3 Years Ago
        That looks like a stock photo from a San Francisco strreet.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "I fought the law--and I won!"

      Now that's how to stick it to the Man.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the worst thing that can happen when you walk out to your parked vehicle is to find out it's a Renault Clio!
      • 3 Years Ago
      you do that in japan youll get arrested in an hour.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How petty can they get. They try to do that in front of my house too. I go yell at them because the law doesn't specify it MUST be hanging from the mirror. Then I call their boss and yell at him. How we ever got suckered in my neighborhood into letting them charge us money to park in front of our house and then let them harass us over where our permit is laying in an incredible journey.

      That guy needs to be fired.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here's the original article. A bit more informative than the Upsidedownland one. http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/8871491.Car_clamp_nightmare/
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