Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Parking Customer Service

I received a parking ticket a week ago, I decided to call the parking bureau and point out the injustice of their system. There are lots of funny parts to this conversation, the agent admitted there is no victim, that the fine is arbitrary, that the basic crime is not being psychic enough to predetermine how long something is going to take. About 6 minutes long.

Calling parking by Flag in Flames

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Parking meters run on an unethical business model

Imagine you find a great deal on a hotel so you stay the night. The checkout time on the room is 10:00 am. You actually checkout at 10:10 am, because you were running slightly behind. Now imagine if the hotel tells you that since you checked out late they are going to charge you the dollar equivalent of a months worth of room fees. When you confront them about it they tell you it is to teach you a lesson to always checkout on time. You then find out that they have structured their business plan on the assumption that a large percentage of people will not be able to checkout on time and they will then get this windfall and when you confront them about they say “well, we give people a good deal on the hotel room, but then make up for the loss with dummies like you who can't read the card on the door that says “Checkout at 10:00”. This would seem like a really immoral and ridiculous way to do the business model and the hotel would likely go out of business once the word spread of their unethical business practices. The ethical way to resolve this would be to charge for the extra time or at the most charge for another nights stay, but then at least give the party the option of staying another night since they paid for it it. Anything more would be excessive in most peoples eyes, and it certainly would be considered unethical if the hotel took steps towards making it difficult to know when checkout time was and being able to get to the checkout on time just so they could get more of these "late checkout time penalties".

Now if you have read this far, you probably agree that this would be a poor business model and that is why we don't see this model used in business. We do see this model model used in government however, namely this is exactly the way parking meters work. The more ethical way of dealing with parking would be to give the spots in front of houses/businesses to those owners and let them decide how they wish to deal with the parking spots. In lieu of that they would need to come up with some way of paying for the spot when you leave a spot instead of when you arrive so how long you actually stayed can be assessed instead of forcing you to try and guess how long your stay is going to be before hand.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Don't boycott Chick-Fil-A, boycott the government

A friend on facebook posted a while back that we should boycott Target because they supported some organization that was against government recognition of gay marriage. Then more recently another friend posted that Chick-Fil-A should be boycotted for the same reason. However, it seems to me that in both of these cases the problem gays have is not with Target or Chick-Fil-A, but rather with the governments current marriage policy. It seems to me that these companies owners are in support of the current government policy. Instead of trying to keep a list of all of the various evil CEO's who support the status quo, why not instead boycott the government until they do as you want? This seems to really strike at the root of the problem. Of course they won't do that because unlike target or chick-fil-a, if you refuse to do “business” with the government, you will be attacked and violence will be inflicted upon you.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Cops are liars, even when they are on the Biggest Loser

Another biggest loser post. I think this show is one of the only shows I watch that tends to have annoying political messages in it (intended or not) and that is why I post about it.

This season there was a pair of cops Dan and Don, twin brothers who were both long time police officers. They really did not represent their profession in a positive light, but probably an accurate light. They both left the show after intentionally gaining weight. They were both fairly lazy compared to the other players, but the real problem is that both were liars and neither seemed to even admit to themselves that they were acting in an immoral fashion and lying and cheating to get to their own goals (in this case it was to get kicked off the show). Here is how it played out:

Both cops gained weight at a weigh in. One goes home because he misses his family. Both deny that they did anything to gain weight and both acted like they were as surprised as anyone. This was obviously a lie, even after being called out by the trainer they still stuck to to their lies and deception. The one cop who remained on the ranch then claims he “doesn't want to go home, he didn't rig the weigh in, and will give 100% to prove it to everyone”. The very next week he gains weight again, and so does his new partner, she admits to rigging the weigh in and then the clincher, after she admits to weight gaining the cop says “I never lie, so I will admit that I rigged the weigh in because I want to go home”. Hold on, he thinks he never lies? How does he figure? The exact same thing happened the previous week and he claimed he did not rig the weigh in and then he only admits to rigging the second weigh in after the scam was exposed by a more honest player. He also had claimed earlier that he did not want to go home and was going to give it his all, I don't know if he really thought this at the time or not, but he was either deceiving himself or straight up lying and I have to go with lying due to his track record of lying on the show. I have seen many other players over the years use similar deception and tricks, it always bothers me, but this one was worse because in the past the guilty party always seemed a little remorseful about their actions, but in this case it seemed like these police officers didn't even know they were doing anything wrong. I don't think there is anything wrong with wanting to go home, or with water gaining so that you will go home, but there is something wrong with lying about it. It also bothers me that these two were cops in their real life. The reason it bothers me that they were police officers is that I know that most police are lairs and are corrupted, but they generally try to create an image of the virtuous public servant and despite all of the evidence to the contrary people sometimes still believe this myth and on this show it was not even mentioned that the two players who were most deceptive were also those that some members of the public hold in higher esteem than your average Joe, even though the average Joes on the show showed themselves to be superior in every way over the two officers.

Another police abuse video that will make you sick.

"Don't worry it is just a few bad apples, the system is just fine..."

Watch and ask yourself if you still believe this crap about a few bad apples. Not only are the cops out of control, but the judges and district attorneys as well. This video makes me sick because I know it is not any kind of isolated incident. After one cop kicks the suspect in the head a dozen times, he moves around and starts kicking him in the groin a few times.

This video makes me sick.