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FUCKING BOLLOCKING CUNTING CLAMPER BASTARDS*

* blog post may contain strong language

clamping-bastards
I’m pretty sure I know who clamped me this afternoon. He’s an Irish guy in his late forties or early fifties and I believe he spotted me in traffic and followed me to settle a score. This was my third run in with him this month and, at this stage, what he’s doing to me seems pretty close to harassment.

Both of the lorries visible in the background of this picture are illegally parked on double yellow lines and have been left unmolested. My car (yeah, I know, the chicks go crazy for it) has been parked in a loading bay, which it is entitled to be, for two minutes longer than the 30 minute limit and has been clamped while I’m visiting my sister and her child. This loading bay is right outside my sister’s house. The guy clocked me parking it at 1.02pm and either came back or hung around for half an hour and clamped me at 1.34pm. I’d been two minutes longer than I should have been, during which time I’ve inconvenienced absolutely no one. No one uses that loading bay. There are no other vehicles parked – legally or illegally – within 200m.

A bit of background. The first time I bumped into this clamper was about a month ago. I was sitting in my car in the loading bay outside the post office just off Trinity Street. I’d just been in on the Tom Dunne Show, and was about to drive to Dundalk for an interview. This clamper came up and tapped on the window.

“You’ve been there over half an hour”, he says. “We clocked you here at 9.13am it’s now 9.45am.” “Well I’m back now,” I shrugged. The unspoken subtext being so you can fuck off. But I was polite and didn’t fill in the blanks.

But yer man wanted to have a hat. “I know that car,” he says. “You park it around town a fair bit.” I agreed that, yes, I do park my car around town from time to time. “We’ve clamped ya a few times, haven’t we?” he says, with a kind of a sly smile on his face. I conceded that, yes, I had been clamped on more than one occasion and that, while it would be nice to sit around and reminisce, I had other engagements.

Well, I might have been a little bit more blunt than that. But, fuck it, I would presume he’s aware that his is not the most popular profession in the world.

Anyway, the next time I ran into him was about two weeks ago (see comments). I’d only been parked about ten minutes this time, but apparently the loading bay had ceased to be a loading bay at noon and I was out by about five minutes. He’d actually just fitted the clamp. I’d arrived on the scene just too late to stop him and he took obvious pleasure in that.

Well, as they say, we had a full and frank exchange of views. Some dodgy guy on a bike subsequently came along and offered to take the clamp off my car for fifty quid. In retrospect, I really, really wish I’d taken him up on that offer. It would have been nice to see the money go to the more respectable professional.

Today, what happened was that I was just back from that floating retirement home on the Bay of Biscay (whole other story there) and was heading in to have a quick bit of lunch with my sister and her kid. I think he spotted me on the road and followed me to her apartment. To be honest, it’s such an out of the way spot, I’ve frequently parked it there for 24 hours at a time without a problem.

On this occasion, there was absolutely no way I was paying up. I rang the clampers office, but they said that the only complaint mechanism they had was for me to pay the eighty euros up front and then write a letter of complaint to some jumped-up admin gobshite in their complaints section and beg for my own money back. Well, fuck them and fuck their mothers.

I went over to the Bridewell and told them I was being harassed, that this was extortion and I wasn’t paying up. Well, I’ve dealt with the guards enough times to know what kind of a response I could expect. But the guy did at least manage to spring one dick-ish surprise before refusing to help. He said that, since I was visiting my sister and not delivering goods, I wasn’t even entitled to park in the loading bay in the first place.

Well, if that’s the law, it’s news to me. I pay for commercial tags so I can park in loading bays. Anyway, I told the guy I’d brought my niece a gift and that’s I was there to unload. But he just reverted to the standard garda line that there “was absolutely nothing he could do to help me”.

Coming from this guy, I actually believed it. Kind of a redundant statement there, Seamus. Ah Jesus, I’m too angry right now to know what I’m going to do. But this definitely means is war.

August 31st, 2009.

27 Responses to “FUCKING BOLLOCKING CUNTING CLAMPER BASTARDS*”

  1. Matt Says:

    Sucks dude. Clampers are fucking arseholes. Welcome back anyway!

  2. El Kid Says:

    Fuck them and fuck their mothers… Jesus Butler, you fairly mellowed out on that cruise.

    I suggest pay the fine and then have some local skangers on standby to fire rocks at the clampers when they arrive to take it off. Ten or fifteen quid should do it.

  3. dcoyne Says:

    That’s ridiculous! You’re driving a van aren’t u? I think an elaborate pay back is the only way to go…perchance does he have a daughter debs age or above…preferably living at home…

  4. Eoin Says:

    Woah, I’m definitely not going to do anything to the guy’s family. Lets not lose the run of ourselves here.

    I’m also not going to bribe delinquint youths to throw rocks at my own car. Now bribing them to throw eggs/bottles of urine/lumps of excrement on the hand……

  5. Matt Says:

    @ Butler – Re: “Woah, I’m definitely not going to do anything to the guy’s family. Lets not lose the run of ourselves here…”

    Not to be a pedant here, you don’t think fuck them and their mothers kind of crossed that line already?

  6. Eoin Says:

    Ah, it’s only an expression…!

  7. Brian Says:

    How can you get commercial tags for that oh so sweet machine in the first place?

  8. Eoin Says:

    We used to use it for delivering Mongrel. Kept the tags. But there are stories about that car, I kid you not Brian!

  9. Rob Says:

    Next time you see him you should tell what the re-borning woman said to freak him out/scare him. Then tell us! Please, tell us.

  10. leeona Says:

    Did you pee on it??

  11. Jenny Says:

    Dunno if you saw this…
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/0415/1224244720715.html

  12. Eoin Says:

    @ Leeona – no, cos I’m refusing to pay to get it unclamped.

    @ Jenny – I’m not appealing. You have to appeal to the clampers themselves. So that’s kind of pointless.

  13. Denise Says:

    have a friend who let a little air outta his tire, then through the clamp into his boot and kept it for a while!!

  14. Wheelchair Ninja Says:

    Do you think maybe you have become dizzy with success off the back of your last brushes with the law?…delusional perhaps?

  15. Chris Says:

    That is an absolute pain in the bollox. You should try purchase a clamp of your own. Wait til they’re about to unclamp your car and have someone you know clamp theirs and run off with their declamping equipment.

  16. Conal Says:

    but with the rule bending being discretionary (and if they are indeed gunning for you) then they have no such intention. you are giving them a legally legitimate excuse by going over the 30 min time limit?

    I wouldn’t take it personally either these companies get a commission for each clamp (or is that the case anymore?) Sounds to me like you’re easy pickings, sit around for 31 minutes. You don’t seem to complain to them much, bet you don’t even call Joe Duffy

    Then again my opinions are coloured by living in a country where the cops march you to an ATM to pay a fine after catching you sleep-walk pissing in the street, tends to make you think twice about expecting random leniency.

    Hey maybe they’re Steve Appelton fans

  17. Eoin Says:

    @ Denise – does that work??
    @ WN – oh no doubt, no doubt
    @ Chris – okay, I think I’d need to hire the A-Team to make that plan come together!
    @ Conal – yeah but this is Ireland, doesn’t the constitution say somethign about it citizens only having to obey the spirit rather than the letter of the law?? Well okay, it probably doesn’t…

  18. El Kid Says:

    Gettin the a-team involvement not that bad an idea actually!

  19. Dan Says:

    Mr Butler is correct, Bunracht na hEireann, Article 57, subsection 35 clearly states -

    Ahh sure what harm?

  20. Darragh Says:

    My mate Podge was getting followed around Dublin by the fuckers too. They obviously had him marked as easy meat, cos his van was quite recognisable and he was always too hungover to pick it up in time from whatever shitty carpark behind Whelans it was left in.

    In the end, after multiple clampings he switched to a car, because the van was doomed. It was marked. A bit like yours, I’d say.

  21. Eoin Says:

    Marked, but not doomed, I hope Darragh. The war with those bastards continues. This post may dissappear temporarily in a couple of days.

  22. SaS Says:

    Are you going undercover? Infiltrate the clampers, find out their secrets and destroy them from within, I like it…

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  25. Jack Says:

    Most car clamping is completely illegal.

    They dispense with “due process” and in 99% of the cases, demand CASH for their disproportionate release fees:

    http://www.FightTheBOOT.com

    Please goto http://www.FightTheBOOT.com and sight the petition.

    JACK

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  27. ali Says:

    haha,this is a very funny story! I howled laughing. however i do sympathise as i was clamped two weeks ago and im still not over it. May the flees of a thousand camels infest the balls of that cunt…

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