Have you ever had the urge to warn the owner of a vehicle that they have unknowingly parked illegally, and are about to get towed? How about wanting to contact someone whose car is parked dangerously or blocking you in a driveway?

Three guys in San Francisco have come up with a solution to a city slicker's everyday problem, and the answer is called CurbTXT. In a nutshell, participants register their vehicle's license plate number online and then affix a small sticker to the vehicle identifying them as a fellow partaker in the program. If one happens upon a vehicle wearing the C-Text insignia, doing something against the grain of society's conformity, they are able to send an anonymous SMS-based text to the owner of the car or truck by simply punching in a license plate number. For those with privacy concerns, the sender does not have to be registered, and the personal information of the sender and recipient are kept anonymous, unless the the sender identifies themselves.)

While the program is interesting, it is obviously only effective with widespread use (as of now, the service has been used to send "dozens" of messages). That said, the company is in fast-forward mode to register as many vehicles as possible in the San Francisco area. If it gets enough traction, this innovative new way to help fellow motorists avoid parking fines and towing could be coming your way.


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      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Could also be used to let them know when they piss you off in traffic...
      Gorgenapper
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey I just stalked you And this is crazy
      Jim R
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I were the sort to habitually park illegally I'm likely to not care what someone else thinks of my driving/parking ability, thus unlikely to sign up. If I were the sort to see someone who'd parked illegally get ticketed or towed, I wouldn't warn the owner because they're probably getting what they deserve. Plus the potential for random trolling is frightening. Yeah, no thanks.
      to your email L
      • 1 Year Ago
      But don't do this while driving, it's against the law in Ca. $170 fine plus court costs subsequent offenses could mean license suspension.
      stickshiftn69
      • 1 Year Ago
      gonna need this service in commiefornia where they will give you a ticket for breathing the wrong way
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is such a bad idea. The only realworld uses I see are: 1) Stalking ("Hi, I see you went shopping again today and are parked nearby, want to get a drink... btw my name is John") 2) Venting ("nice parking AHOLE") 3) People texting while driving behind someone ("OMG you cut me off, I will cut your face and rape your eye socket") 4) Trolling ("hey, you're being towed"... when in reality you're just getting back at the guy who took your parking spot)
      DC Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      MESSAGE RECEIVED 08:46AM TO:PBJ5309 SUBJECT: Yes, You in the Silver Honda... ... GTFO of the passing lane JACKASS. The stack of cars behind you would like to move on with our lives. END OF MESSAGE
        jebibudala
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DC Mike
        You must be mistaken. It was a blue Prius.
        Rick
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DC Mike
        Hey, no texting while driving. This might become a really funny thing. Like "Your car is now my car. Thanks for the groceries"
        stickshiftn69
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DC Mike
        i second that motion
      hp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like a good way to get spammed and trolled.
      d.hollywood
      • 1 Year Ago
      I predict FAIL. What woman would sign up to be stalked?
        hp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @d.hollywood
        I think they could find a use for it in san francisco....
      Beardinals
      • 1 Year Ago
      No thanks
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hi ! we have a special on snowbird radials, which you appear to need !!
      pavsterrocks
      • 1 Year Ago
      I dont understand the obsession with anonymity. If this remains anonymous we can easily envision what sort of messages will get sent - angry rants about one's 'lack of drivin skill' - and that's putting it mildly.
        Matthew A Clarke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pavsterrocks
        This would be a pranksters toy.- TxT " Your car is is being towed" person goes outside, nothing happening. Another TxT " HAHA you went outside, #EpicFail."
        waetherman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pavsterrocks
        I agree - anonymity breeds contempt. If people had their cell phone # show, they'd be a lot more likely to be civilized. As it is, this system will only be used to send insults about other people's driving skills and comments about a person's physical appearance. "Nice boobs" will be the most common message sent, I guarantee.
        Gordon Chen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @pavsterrocks
        Jay is right. Anonymity is what will make this useful or a pranksters toy.
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