Lemme just keep this thread completely non political.
It seems a decade ago, I was issued a violation for a cracked sidewalk on a piece of real estate I own.
I never received any notice, nor did any inspector come in as they often do if its a sanitation, water, dep, whatever, they all come into the store and ask for the owner of the building.
Now, after finding out, by searching when about to sell, I have no clue what the city is talking about. I never did any repair work, the sidewalks are fine.
I dont know if someone just entered it into the computer wrong, someone misread a summons, maybe the numbers were wrong, whatever, Id never leave a hazard because I know people love to take you to court.
Ive been cited over the years for other violations,(late boiler inspection, dirty sidewalks, too much water in the toilet tanks, invalid carting sticker in the window, stuff like that) and always took care of them.
I went to the Dept of Traffic today, the people that issue the summons.
The building they are in also houses alot of other city offices.
This is NYC, one of the most populated places on earth, so trust me, its a big building.
To go in, I had to undress down to my teeshirt and socks, they left my pants on, but I had to take off my belt and the guard ran a wand over my groin like 4 times, cause the alarm set off everytime I walked through.
Seems it didnt like me, cause noone could figure it out. Im not sure what they thought I had packed in my groin, but if the guard kept searching me I was about to tell him he had to first ask me out to dinner.
After speaking to 3 people on the phone yesterday, seems I got wrong info, and had to go back home and get more paperwork together, and come back.
So I did, and went through the unfriendly metal detector, but this time I was fine. And I need to sit when I put on my sneakers, and the only bench had 3 450 lb women on them, so I had to sit on a staircase and get dressed again.
Kudos to whomever made that wooden bench, they never would have imagined the stress those wooden legs would have to take.
Suprisingly, where I went was pretty empty, and it only took me 25 minutes and a credit card to pay for someone to come down and inspect the sidewalk again, the only way to clear a violation, even if it isnt mine. The city doesnt care.
Going back to my car, was the real kicker of the day for me.
The sidewalk for this building was in horrendous shape. Enough trip hazards to trip up even the most agile and balanced person. And there were patches of ice all over. The municipal lot, in back, some of the stairs were falling apart and the concrete under some metal stair treads, were crumbling and one wrong step could spell disaster to anyone if not repaired soon.
And they gave me a violation for a cracked sidewalk which I never had. Not at least since Ive been the owner.
I love my city.
(I know this is non woodworking related, Im just sharing)
and one more thing, the city employees were rather friendly, a bit confused it seemed, but polite and moved me along so I could get out of there.