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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Polite Techies Triumph Over Passive-Aggressive Parking Notes

Posted By on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM

You, too can be this fucking nice to your neighbors
  • You, too can be this fucking nice to your neighbors

We revel in the parking drama over in Bernal Heights with the same gross enthusiasm we exercise when we get sucked into bad reality television.

Sadly, it appears our local guilty pleasure is no more. According to Bernalwood, a group of smart and really nice techies have created a new, more polite way to tell your neighbor to suck it, 21st century-style.

It's easy. If your neighbor's car is blocking your driveway, CurbTxt allows you to send a really nice SMS to them asking them to kindly get the hell out of your way. "Kindly" being the key word.

See Also: SoCal Man Nixes Moving to San Francisco After Car Gets Towed in Bernal Heights

That means no more f-bomb-laced notes need to be slapped on parked cars. This new technology aims to make everyone everywhere just a little bit happier.  

Here's how CurbTxt founders explain it:

"We follow the parking madness on the Bernalwood blog and that served as an inspiration," says founder Alex, who was also partially inspired by the fact he owns a vintage school bus. He says his ride is "non-standard" when it comes to parking, so he wants to be sensitive to his neighbors' parking needs.

This is a close-knit community, and it can be damaging when tickets or tow trucks get involved, he says. We can act more like neighbors by reaching out directly to each other.

So if you aspire to be a better person than you are right now, then start by texting your license plate number to 529-5775 from your cell phone (yes, it has to be your phone). Afterward, stick a CurbTxt logo sticker next to your rear license plate so that neighbors know they can text you when you are being an asshole.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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