The New York Daily News published an article about counterfeiting with an unusual numismatic twist - an invented state numismatic agency.
The Daily News has discovered the greatest parking deal in the city - day-long free spots on some of the Big Apple's busiest streets.
All it takes is Photoshop, a color printer and a bit of poster board to crank out a real-looking government placard to place in your dashboard - and nary a ticket will come your way.
The News proved it yesterday while working with the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives, which made a bogus placard from the fictional "New York State Numismatic Agency" - aka the agency of coin collection.
The placard was slapped with the seal of the Republic of Bulgaria and laminated to give it extra gravitas.
Then we popped it on the dashboard of a rented 2011 Dodge Caliber and took it on a tour of some of the city's most parking-starved neighborhoods, pulling in for more than seven hours in illegal spaces near City Hall, Brooklyn's Borough Hall and in the heart of Times Square.
We put no money in meters, circled no blocks in search of elusive legal spaces - and drove off without a ticket.
A study the group released in April estimated that as many as 25,000 fraudulent permits are on the streets - but the total could be higher, Budnick said.
Hmmm. What would an agent of the New York State Numismatic Agency do, anyway?
Empty your pockets, sir. We're on the lookout for for Wisconsin state quarters with extra corn leaves."
Or, "We're on the trail of a gentleman reported to be spending 1914-D cents at bodegas across Manhattan.
Here's a picture. Seen 'im? Name's Scott Travers.
To read the complete article, see:
Bogus parking placard allows advocacy group to park all over New York City without a single ticket
Wayne Homren, Editor
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