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    S.F. threatens parking app 'MonkeyParking' with lawsuit

    This is hilarious. The progressives in San Francisco can either stifle free speech or permit the capitalists to hold public parking spots hostage for private gain:

    Using your iPhone to auction off a street parking space might sound tech-savvy. In San Francisco, though, it's little more than an illegal racket.

    That's the assessment of City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who sent a cease-and-desist letter Monday to MonkeyParking, threatening the Rome-based tech startup with a lawsuit unless it shuts down operations in San Francisco by July 11.

    Herrera contends MonkeyParking and two other similar parking startups also facing legal action have built business models entirely premised on illegal transactions - selling access to part of a public street.

    S.F. threatens parking app 'MonkeyParking' with lawsuit - SFGate
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    Re: S.F. threatens parking app 'MonkeyParking' with lawsuit

    Interesting.

    I see the solution to be make it illegal to do so. Computer link to the apps and send a police officer and arrest or ticket the offenders, to discourage such actions.

    I rather doubt SF can sue the company itself and win.

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    Re: S.F. threatens parking app 'MonkeyParking' with lawsuit

    Preventing the organized private sale of public services is "stifling free speech"?

    Can my friends and I occupy public parking spaces and charge money for them?

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    Re: S.F. threatens parking app 'MonkeyParking' with lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Preventing the organized private sale of public services is "stifling free speech"?

    Can my friends and I occupy public parking spaces and charge money for them?
    You silly progressive.
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    Re: S.F. threatens parking app 'MonkeyParking' with lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Preventing the organized private sale of public services is "stifling free speech"?
    You could say that the app folks are providing a conduit for people selling information concerning the availability of a service. So, yeah, to the extent that the city is trying to stop the free exchange of information it is attempting to stifle free speech.
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    Re: S.F. threatens parking app 'MonkeyParking' with lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord of Planar View Post
    I see the solution to be make it illegal to do so. Computer link to the apps and send a police officer and arrest or ticket the offenders, to discourage such actions.
    That sounds more like a Big Brother solution in trying to keep a scarce service scarce by keeping its price artificially depressed than a "Libertarian Right" solution. I'm curious to see if any other "libertarians" want to chime in on this.
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    Re: S.F. threatens parking app 'MonkeyParking' with lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahlevah View Post
    You could say that the app folks are providing a conduit for people selling information concerning the availability of a service. So, yeah, to the extent that the city is trying to stop the free exchange of information it is attempting to stifle free speech.
    There are so many mental gymnastics in this post I thought I was at Cirque du Soleil for a little bit. Does a city stifle free speech when it makes it illegal to advertise prostitution services because prostitution itself is illegal? Of course not. You don't have a right to advertise illegal activities and free speech has nothing to do with it.
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    Re: S.F. threatens parking app 'MonkeyParking' with lawsuit

    At some point this will be Obamas fault. Or Bush.

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    Re: S.F. threatens parking app 'MonkeyParking' with lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    At some point this will be Obamas fault. Or Bush.
    Darth Cheney tho~
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    Re: S.F. threatens parking app 'MonkeyParking' with lawsuit

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    There are so many mental gymnastics in this post I thought I was at Cirque du Soleil for a little bit. Does a city stifle free speech when it makes it illegal to advertise prostitution services because prostitution itself is illegal? Of course not. You don't have a right to advertise illegal activities and free speech has nothing to do with it.
    Getting paid for telling someone about an available parking spot is hardly equivalent to prostitution. It shouldn't be criminal in any case.
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