Between Blinks

Observations of a modern-day hermit/law student/traffic warden.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

The bosses think we're out fishing

Around here ticket counts are plummeting. Just like around there. The reason is simple really: They over-enforced when the picking was easy. For a while, it was easy for everybody to walk about picking up a decent amount of tickets to keep the boss' frowns to a minimum - smiling is out it seems. Then, after months of seeing loads of us 'stealth-tax collectors' pounding the pavement, disguised in funny uniforms, people got smart.

Tickets have dropped, and while the management scratches it's collective, groupthinking head completely perplexed, i'll solve the riddle:

The bosses liken being a PA to fishing. The motorists - like fish - will be caught by us wardens, mainly because we are smarter than them. We know the laws and regulations, so are in a superior position. We are the predators, and they are our numerous prey.

The busy, car-filled CPZs are like ponds and lakes in which even an amateur PA can learn to fish with ease. Once (s)he learns how the fish behave, and where in the pond they like to congregate, it is simply a case of casting a net and waiting. The more PA's fishing, the more fish caught, right? Hire more PA's; give them equipment and send them out! The more fish caught; the more money made! Give the attendants minimum quota's to meet and you're laughing all the way to the bank, right?

Well, no! Overfishing has inevitable consequences. The management didn't seem to learn from the many North Sea fishermen, who now rue the 'grab-as-many-as-you-can-carry' policy that has left cod stocks shockingly low. The fishermen now have to stick to EU quotas to make sure their practices will be sustainable.

What the bosses didn't grasp was that (although i meet lots of people on the street who this rule may not apply to) people are smarter than fish. They have long memories, learn and will eventually learn to spot a predator and his traps.

Over time, it's become impossible for Joe P to drive through the town centre without either being caught, or seeing at least 3 or 4 wardens on his way to Argos. Eventually, even the most ignorant begin to pay attention to the ravenous nature of the council and either go elsewhere, or take less risks.

There are contrasting two remedies:
  1. Reduce PA numbers for a while to allow the ponds to replenish.
  2. Create more CPZs; extend the enforcement areas.
Which on will they pick? It's obvious...the one that'll cost the public the most!


Blogger CD said...

I think there's a problem when management judges their success on the number of tickets issued and amount of revenue gathered rather than how clear the streets are :-S

20/10/05 02:27  
Blogger MuppetLord said...

Hmm...lets make the zones bigger....and then no doubt they'll wander why people still won't bite.

Interesting blog...will soon be added to the infamous link list.

20/10/05 15:53  
Blogger themisterman said...

It think that it should be compulsory for management to go out on street a couple of times a year...they'd soon change the views that were concieved feet-up on leather-swivel chair.

21/10/05 22:31  
Blogger Argos_Employee said...

Did you say Argos?
Well thats me!

Will add you to my links!

22/10/05 23:18  

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