A lawsuit in New Hampshire, a state where they take their slogan – Live Free or Die – seriously, is setting the city of Keene against a group of citizens fighting "the violent monopoly" by putting money in the about-to-expire parking meters of strangers. The action is known as "Robin Hooding in Keene," and there are various ways in which practitioners do it. The specific activity that the city has a problem with is when the Robin Hooders follow the city's parking enforcement officers and, in the city's words, taunt, interfere, harass and intimidate them. Keene officials say the situation is causing its parking officials to think about quitting.

A spokesman for the Robin Hooders argues that videoing and talking to the enforcement officers isn't harassment. The city isn't suing to get them to stop, but it is suing to establish a 50-foot safety zone around the parking meter officers in order to prevent the interactions. There are six members of the group who are named in the suit.

There are videos of Robin Hooding on YouTube which show what kinds of forms it takes. Let us know if you think it helps or hinders the city's case in the poll below.

Is the city justified in suing these 'Robin Hood' parking-meter fillers?
Yes 516 (8.0%)
No 5651 (87.1%)
I'm not sure 318 (4.9%)


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      Rick C.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nothing illegal about donating your money. The harassment thing I see. Now if the real unmentioned issue is lost revenue from expired meter ticketing, too bad. A loaded meter is a loaded meter. The origin of the coins is none of your business.
        knightrider_6
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick C.
        and that's why I think our schools should teach better reading skills, because you missed this "The city isn't suing to get them to stop, but it does want a 50-foot safety zone ....."
          Pj Taintz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @knightrider_6
          Is bigger issue is huff po owning this page now and allowing stupid eye grabbing headlines that are factually inaccurate.,
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is what happens when you create a conflict of interest by turning public safety/etc into a revenue stream for the Mayor. Suddenly, police officers that I am sure would much prefer to focus on public SAFETY become mobile tax collectors, pressured by their superiors that are pressured by the local government to bring in more cash.
      scooter m
      • 2 Years Ago
      i call BS. it's obvious the city is accounting for the fines on parking meters as a revenue stream. the robin hood group is affecting that revenue stream.
      Logan Abner
      • 2 Years Ago
      I used to be a parking ticket writer on campus during college.. And being harassed is just part of the job. If you can't handle it, then it isn't the job for you. Suing isn't gonna help that... Oh wait I live in America.
        Krazeecain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Logan Abner
        There's getting harassed and then there's getting outright stalked all day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLxKXpcxukw Nobody deserves that.
          Johan Spleen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Krazeecain
          Violent Criminals and Terrorist should be stalked all day.
      badfish941
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't get it... they're still getting at least the same amount of money no matter who pays for it, and now they are going use taxpayer money to hire an attorney just to prove a point.
        Johan Spleen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @badfish941
        Keene is losing out on the parking ticket revenue. Which they take into account for their budget.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was at first confused as to why doing this would be an issue somewhere so Libertarian as New Hampshire, but after reading the article it makes more sense. People sometimes have to do unpopular things in their jobs, and parking enforcement is definitely one that gets a pretty bad reputation because of places like Philly. Robin hooding is fine with me, and judging by the article is fine in NH as long as it stops there and doesn't move into harassment.
      Go2Fast
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did anyone watch any of the videos? Did they change something? I don't see videos that remotely look like harassment. Makes me think they changed the videos.
      Carbon Fibre
      • 2 Years Ago
      False term. Sorry but Robin Hood did slight immoral things in exchange for good. In what exactly does this group did immoral things? By fillin meters NOT from the originals pockets? Anyways, this is pure BS.
      godwhomismike
      • 2 Years Ago
      At first when I saw this article, I figured the city did not like losing revenue, and was just going after this group. Then I read on, and saw they are verbally abusing the meter maids and harassing them. Nothing wrong by just dropping coins in meters, but harassing someone , who is just doing a job they are paid to do is crossing the line. Shame.
        Jake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @godwhomismike
        I don't mind harassing and insulting telemarketers. They need to get a real job.
      Zeus
      • 2 Years Ago
      So let me get this straight....parking meters contribute to city revenue and when people give the meter more money thats a problem because it doesn't generate as much revenue as a ticket for parking at an expired meter. This is nothing more than greed on the city's part and I commend these robin hood people for stickin it to the man!
        Krazeecain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zeus
        I think the problem here isn't that they're paying for expired meters, but that they're harassing the parking enforcement officers. They're just trying to feed their families
          Zeus
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Krazeecain
          Right...the real problem is revenue dude. They mask it by saying it's harassment. It's money driven. In a perfect world I'd agree with you, but this is about cash money.
          Johan Spleen
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Krazeecain
          they should get an honest job then. They are typically the bottom of society make work jobs to keep criminals off the street by putting them in an uniform.
      J W
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't see a problem with adding coins to the machines, but leave the city worker alone. They are just doing their job. An easy (though I'm sure expensive) way to fix those people from dropping money in the meters is to convert the city to the ticket meters. Those parking tags have to be on the dashboard in the car to be valid.
      LenTex Brewery
      • 2 Years Ago
      How DARE people volunteer to help others without the government's interference. How dare individuals hold government agents accountable.
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