Weekly Daily Brickbats Archive 2009 June 22-31

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Can't See the Forest

Anton Cataldo lost a couple of paintings after he placed them on his car, forgot about them and drove off. So he put up some posters asking people if they had found them. He stapled some of the posters to trees, which earned him a £75 fine from England's Brighton and Howe City Council for causing harm to the trees. "You appear to have little understanding that trees are living things," a council official told him in an email.

You Deserve a Break Today

The Denver, Colorado, police department has suspended an officer for allegedly flashing his badge and pointing his gun through a McDonald's drive-through window. The officer, who was not named in press reports, reportedly was upset with how long it was taking to fill his order.

Enter Your Password

City officials in Bozeman, Montana, seemed to think that city employees should have nothing to hide. On employment applications, they demanded that prospective employees list their user names and passwords to "personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc." After local media reported the demands, the city backed down.

Zeroing in on Parking Offenders

Tom Feddor has gotten some 170 parking tickets from the city of Chicago. Feddor has managed to get most of them dismissed, but he was spending an awful lot of his time in traffic court, and city officials didn't seem interested in finding out why he was getting so many bogus tickets. So Feddor went to a local newspaper, which found that parking enforcement uses his license plate number, which is simply 0, to test ticketing equipment. City officials now say they will correct the problem.

Clang, Clang, Clang Goes the Trolley

The Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes has sued the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, demanding it stop harassing those collecting signatures for a petition to stop a proposed trolley. Police officers and other government officials have reportedly tried to force petitioners off public property or threatened to arrest them for collecting signatures without a permit, something that is not illegal.