In a small New Hampshire town, a vigilante band of self-styled “Robin Hooders” has been following parking enforcement officers and quickly depositing money in empty meters before the parked cars can be ticketed. They are usually on the streets saving citizens from parking tickets, but now they are also in court fighting a restraining order…
The parking enforcement officers claim that the group of six protestors followed them around the streets of Keene, NH, with video cameras, relentlessly questioning and intimidating them while on the job.
The controversial group, which claims to have stopped the city from issuing over 8,000 tickets, leaves notes for the car’s owners, urging them to pay it forward:
Your meter expired. However, we saved you from the king’s tariffs, Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Please consider paying it forward.
Lawyers for “Robin Hood and his Merry Men” claim that to stop the group would infringe upon their First Amendment right to free speech, and that the parking enforcement officers’ peace of mind is not their problem. The Robin Hooders claim the real reason they’re being stopped is that the town is losing out on income gained from tickets. But PEOs say they just want to do their jobs without being harassed.
What do you think? Should the Robin Hooders be allowed to prevent parking tickets? Or have these protestors gone too far?