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Van with overdue tickets gets boot, police get called ‘pirates’

Brad Williams

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PHOTO: @LaCrossePolice on Facebook

Putting the ‘boot’ on a car with overdue parking tickets has led the vehicle’s owner to compare La Crosse police to pirates. 

La Crosse police shared this post of the van, with its locked front wheel, and a spray painted message, “Victim of Piracy.” 

Police said they tried negotiating with the owner over about $1,200 worth of fines before using the boot.

Reacting to being called pirates, police responded with the post below, cartoon rendering of a pirate ship, featuring the La Crosse Police logo and the Hatched Baby sculpture.

ARRRRGGG!Ok, just for clarification, this boot is not “Piracy”. It is Habitual Parking Offender Enforcement. And no,…

Posted by City of La Crosse Police Department on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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    ROBERT ALAN MELBO

    January 10, 2019 at 6:43 am

    How many tickets do those $1,200 represent, and over what period of time? Offered a deal and the owner still neglected to heed the advice given? And if you have a boot on, doesn’t the owner get another ticket every other day (Alternate side parking)? Does an offender get a choice as to the color of the boot? This one matches the house, so that’s good.

    And now, a question: Will changing the numbers on your house, prevent you from getting alternate side parking tickets?

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    Andy Thomes

    January 10, 2019 at 7:29 am

    That second photo is hilarious. Well played LCPD.

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    M. Kopski

    January 10, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Good for the Police, if the idiot owner won’t pay his fines then they should take pocession of the vehicle, and sell it at auction, and lock the owner up.

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