• Jun 16, 2013
If we were cynical marketers, we might suggest this as a tag line for the upcoming smartphone app called SpotSquad: "Rat out your friends and neighbors for a few lousy bucks!"

That's right, belying the stereotype of the unfailingly polite Canadian, Winnipeg-based SpotSquad is creating an app that will allow you to report parking violations to authorities, and get paid for it. The application asks that you take a photo of the violation in question, which is then forwarded to local parking enforcement authorities.

Though not a going concern yet, SpotSquad plans to demo the app in some private Winnipeg parking lots this summer, before loosing the hellish software on the innocent Canadian public. According to a report by CTV News, members of the public surveyed are split on whether or not SpotSquad is a clever idea, or a grim tattle-teller. Scroll down below to have a brief look at a how the app might work, and remember to do unto others as you'd have... never mind.


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      cgm9999
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know most people see this app as simply a more efficient way for weasels to snitch on others, however, what these people are forgetting is that illegal parking, especially those who do it in handicapped spaces, is a serious offense and should be enforced much more than it is. Having earned two Purple Hearts in my years in the Army, I'm now 30 and have the "honor" of being a handicapped disabled veteran. Thankfully, I'm not in a wheelchair, but mobility is an issue for guys like me. Thanks to my disability, my awareness of parking violators has been heightened tenfold. You guys have no idea how insulting it is to pull into a Target and realize all of the handicapped spots have been illegally filled by 20-something d-bags that are using their deceased grandmothers expired handicapped tag just so they can park closer. Every time I see that ****, a part of me dies inside. Believe it or not, this phenomenon is widespread and it's a far bigger problem than most people think. Unfortunately, most people aren't handicapped, and thus, the problem flies under the radar. I'd use this app in a heartbeat to report people that illegally park.
        Andrew B
        • 1 Year Ago
        @cgm9999
        The problem even goes beyond that. Physicians hand out forms for handicapped tags so easily, that there are many individuals getting them that don't realistically need them. I've seen fully capable individuals walk to their cars in handicapped spots. It comes down to respect too. The fact that I see people on public transit not give up their seats for an elderly person disgusts me. No respect for others it seems.
          interruptive_cow
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Andrew B
          To be fair, there are people whose conditions necessitate a handicapped spot some of the time but not all of the time. Just because they didn't look disabled when you happened to see the doesn't mean they don't need the tag.
          Dayv
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Andrew B
          There are all sorts of "invisible" conditions that can merit a handicapped parking right. Some people seem to be moving fine, but are actually in very severe pain the whole time, or have extremely limited stamina and can benefit from not wandering around a parking lot on top of whatever else they're trying to get done. Don't muddle legitimate enforcement of handicapped parking up with your personal opinions on who gets to be considered handicapped - that's for the government and the medical establishment to figure out.
          Andrew B
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Andrew B
          @ Dayv You'd be surprised to know then, that I actually do work in the medical field as an RN. Call it being crass or whatever, however in my experience with pain assessments, I'd say it would be pretty hard to have "severe" pain and show no physical side effects of such. Now I don't mean to judge, but to simply make a point. I frequently take a train to work into the city core. I frequently see individuals walk to their handicapped spots and get there and out of the parking lot before anyone else. Someone with "extremely limited stamina" or severe pain would theoretically take much longer to get to their car due to the physical disability, and as such they are parked closer to limit travel time. How they get to the car before anyone else beats me. I've seen individuals *hold* their cane, not use it, hold it, while they walk swiftly to their car. Now, I don't mean to blanket individuals into a lump category. I'm just saying that with MY professional experience, I see handicapped tags get handed out very easily.
      Sergio526
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love it! I could have used it yesterday. I was at Target and there was a non-handicapped Mercedes C300 parked in the lined buffer space next to the handicapped space. I get upset when people park like a holes and think it's OK because they're just running in quick, but this car was still there when I came out from shopping and there were still tons of open regular spots in the lot! What an Ass Hat!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sergio526
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      Greg
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they are parked illegally, they aren't exactly "innocent" are they?
      RudyH
      • 1 Year Ago
      Personally I love it About 90% of the time people will report when it is a problem for them, this is the only time I ever would. Example, a handicapped parking spot taken by the lazy. My favorite, the back end of car blocking my driveway so I can't get in or out. There will be another 10% that will run around reporting everything no doubt...but for the mass majority this is good.
      Chumley
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome idea, I approve of this. If you don't park like a douche, you have nothing to worry about. Seeing people ignore No Standing, Stopping or Parking signs because it's more convenient for them not to park and have everyone else maneuver around them is a daily event. If people park in disabled spots, take multiple spots, etc. I have no sympathy.
      Gorgenapper
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reporting a douchebag driver is not a sign of impoliteness.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't think this is going to spawn a wave "tattle-tales". I do however see it a useful tool for teaching some of our societies worst parking offenders a bit of a lesson. When many of us are inclined to follow the law, others are okay to break them, there should be a more citizen based measure. I never park illegally so I have nothing to be afraid of.
      always_busy
      • 1 Year Ago
      What an awesome idea. If you park illegally or like a douche (which is pretty much the same thing) then expect to be called out on your as hattery.
      Wacko
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW drivers beware!!
      StaceyS
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is the parking situation in Winnipeg really so bad? I would have thought an app like this would have been developed in Boston or New York.
      DanDaMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      My app 'ParkingTrapp!' is WAY better. It lets you report parking spots that will most likely get you a ticket. Check it out at: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/parking-trapp!/id471627549?mt=8
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      Guess what? If I want to park in a certain way, I have EVERY RIGHT to do so as I please. If you feel "offended" by the way I park my car, go play in traffic. And Big Brother Government has NO RIGHT to tell me to park my car in a certain way if I don't feel like doing so.
        Rochester
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        If you park like an entitled, self-important d-bag, *AND* said parking happens to be illegal... then sign me up for this app. I'd love to see FuelToTheFire get what he deserves for his behavior.
        Andrew B
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        After all, they would have EVERY RIGHT to do as they please. Big Brother Government shouldn't dictate to us what we should do to other peoples' things. Rules are bad! Anarchy FTMFW!
        Agilis
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Ladiez and gentlemen, I introduce to you... That guy. (FuelToTheFire)
          always_busy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Agilis
          Sure they do. If you park illegally, you will get fined. I bet you're the kind of douche that takes up four parking spaces at a time, am I right? No need to answer that last question, I already know the answer.
        Pj Taintz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        most parking lots are private property. you sure as hell have no right to park like an a hole on my property and ill tow your ass if you did
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