Tuesday, September 04, 2012

You Get The Superheroes You Deserve

And Perth, Western Australia, has Wheel Clamp Man. --No, he doesn't clamp the louts who fail at parking (pity, that), he unclamps motorists with his handy angle grinder -- after asking, and in return for a donation to an actual charity, mind.

Proper Authorities are not at all amused.

He may've been inspired by Britain's Angle Grinder Man, who fought The Clamp Menace* a decade earlier, half a planet away. ...Fought and won, at least for a given value of "win:" wheel-clamping on private land will be banned in England and Wales come October. (Northern Ireland and Scotland, well, y'see, this is yet another manifestation of a very long and dark history we're not likely to see set right at any point in human history. Also, you can still get clamped there.)

The caped-crusader thing, it may be catching on.
* Not to be confused with The Clam Menace. Oh, hells no.


Blackwing1 said...

"The Story of Rueben Clamzo and His Strange Daughter (In the Key of "A")".

If things are really bad, you just weld two clams together, right?

Roberta X said...

Darned right!

Anonymous said...

Language is a wonderful thing, is it not? Normally, offering to "fix" somebody's troubles with the police for a fee is considered a crime, but if you do it as a "superhero" with a catchy title... WELL! That makes it all OK, doesn't it?

Next to join this Australian Hall of Justice:

"Dead Witnessman" and "Jury Briberman".

Anonymous said...

I'm not even going to address 'the Clam menace' because I think perversely.

Anonymous said...

Just wait till the Philadelphia Parking Authority finds out about this

Roberta X said...

Armed Laughing: Tsk, your gutter-vectored mind! The Clam Menace is real and has been documented by sources as varied as cartoonist Johnny Hart, Arlo Guthrie as mentioned above (you owe it to yourself to look up the lyrics), and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Roberta X said...

Doc Jim: He may or may not be "fixing" cop-installed clamps. Some of this activity in the Crown realms is done in much the same manner as improperly-parked cars are towed from private lots in the U.S. Nor am I necessarily approving of his actions; I'm simply noting 'em.