Keene Copblock – Introduction to Robin Hooding

Introduction to Robin Hooding – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni7aOsBxPiE

Robin Hooding is an activity where liberty activists try to save people from having their money stolen by the state by feeding the meters before a parking enforcement officer can write a ticket on an expired meter. Like Robin Hood, the activists are standing up against oppressive government taxes. This form of activism has been performed periodically in the past in the Keene Area and recently begun again.

Robin Hooding in Keene NH, Derrick J. & Rapsher – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLxKXpcxukw

Robin Hooding ShireTV – http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=j4-NTvX8aLg

Ideally, a business card is left on each vehicle saved informing the person that they have been saved. This activism has been quite popular among many of the locals and the feedback received has been overwhelming positive.

Public Interactions Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhQ0koaC53E

Discussion/Support – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH4iJzlaYu4

Public Support Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il8N7JJbcPA

Financially speaking, the economics of robin hooding are very sound. Below are the facts from the FY13 Proposed Budget of the City of Keene (Link: http://www.ci.keene.nh.us/sites/default/files/FY13%20Proposed%20Operating%20Budget.pdf).

Annually, 25,000 tickets are issued by the city of Keene, which results in over $250,000 of revenue to the city (roughly $10/ticket). Tickets are $5, but if they are not paid in a “grace period” the amount skyrockets. Additionally, if a vehicle already has a ticket, it can receive another ticket if it is not moved within two hours. If the tickets are not paid, the “violator” vehicle is towed and impounded. In theory, each “save” costs activists $0.05, or a nickel, and costs the city $10 in lost revenue. Additionally, the city still has to pay the expenses associated with enforcement including: labor, vehicles, meter maintenance, etc.

If your local area has meters that you can pay, robin hooding is a very easy to startup form of activism that is effective, affordable, and popular.

Finally, Mario endorses robin hooding as a fun and safe way to interact with your local bureaucrats and get some exercise. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIMomZr2Fes

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  • thinkfreeer

    Great idea. I wonder how long it will be before it’s made illegal? Or maybe they already apply some other law on the books, like wiretapping, interfering with police, or disorderly conduct?

    I donated.

  • slappy

    Hilarious. These activists actually think they are making an impact on the money the city gets from parking meters. All these people are doing is paying money to the city by plugging the meter. These activists whine and cry if someone actually bumps into them threatening lawsuits yet, they seem to have no problem touching other peoples property. I would be very angry if someone other then the PD touch my vehicle.

  • thinkfreeer

    And some people just come here to be jerks! There’s no other explanation. We know who you are and why you’re here.

  • http://google workingman

    i did this once when i was young about 20/60 now. i put a nickle in a meter that was about to expire .and a meter cop was right there.you would have thought i commit a Hannis felony he could not do anyting though but he would have like to beat me down but he was about 70 then! LOL

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  • Common Sense

    Good job, I heard the Bearcat needs a new oil change. Thanks!

  • Smiley

    how about superglueing those coin slots. i’ve heard of people doing that.

  • Chris Mallory

    “Great idea. I wonder how long it will be before it’s made illegal?”

    Check the various local laws. It already is illegal in many local jurisdictions.

  • Joe

    This is intriguing. It is illegal in many places. I find that strange. For those who are scoffing at this I simply say “first they ignore, then they laugh”. I am wondering when the fight comes?

  • JOHN

    I would like to organize a robin hooding event in manchester i will use my own funds but would like a few activists from the area to assist me and my wife in stopping the city from robbing it’s citizens

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