Thursday, July 04, 2013

Green light to gouge commuters

 
The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that private parking lot/garages downtown are taking advantage of commuters during the BART strike:

From his sidewalk flower shop at Mission and Spear streets, Gary Thorn sees the bustling South of Market neighborhood every day. "They're jacking (prices)," he said of nearby parking lots. "They are sticking it to people. But people are coming in four to car." At a garage near Mission and Main streets the rate was $40 to park all day, with the $40 portion of sign at the edge of the sidewalk taped over a $25 sign that was still underneath it. "It's not good," said a man who walked out of the garage into the J.P. Morgan Chase building nearby. An attendant at the garage declined to discuss its fees and referred questions to a company office where a phone message was not returned. Despite the price, the garage was filled before 10 a.m., with the attendant placing orange cones to block the entrance ramp which was filled with cars.
 
Maybe City Hall will step in and put a stop to this gouging? Not likely, since the city itself routinely preys on unwary out-of-towners who drive into SF in their "death monsters," aka motor vehicles.
 

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12 Comments:

At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why the hell not?!

 
At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Despite the price, the garage was filled before 10 a.m., with the attendant placing orange cones to block the entrance ramp which was filled with cars."

Sounds to me like the garage was underpriced. I guess the taxpayers are supposed to prevent "gouging" by providing subsidized low-priced parking for car owners.

 
At 10:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are you Rob - a fucking socialist?

 
At 9:22 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

A little socialism is called for every now and then. More importantly, the so-called Free Market shouldn't be allowed to gouge people during strikes or other crises.

 
At 12:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Real problem: https://twitter.com/nbcbayarea/status/353761886384304130

 
At 2:05 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

More evidence that San Francisco is becoming Gouge City, populated by no-class, quick-buck creeps following the example set by the MTA and City Hall.

 
At 8:51 PM, Anonymous Ayn Rand said...

A little socialism is called for every now and then.

Wrong.

 
At 7:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is zero connection w/ MTA except the hotel is a real issue and the parking garage is not

 
At 8:38 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

The connection between the three is the practice of gouging.

 
At 11:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parking going from $25 to $45 or hotels going from $150 to $900+.

You're wrong.

 
At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little socialism is called for every now and then.

For car owners, it's always called for. Bicyclists, however, can talk to the Invisible Hand.

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

SF hotels say they are not gouging the plane passengers, that they are actually giving them discounts.

 

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