One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you
The Denver Boot visits the West Loop
08/13/2011 11:48 AM
The West Loop was visited by the Denver Boot this week. The Boot doesnít seem as prevalent here as where I was living on the North Side. There, when the Boot made its rounds, an entire block would get hit leaving bright yellow traps on at least four cars within a two block distance.
Thatís why I was surprised to see three cars booted along Madison Street Thursday night. No parking regulations from the road resurfacing were likely the final nail for the unlucky car owners.
Those three werenít the first Iíd seen in our area as of late. I took the accompanying photo a couple of weeks ago on Jackson and Halsted. Apparently the owner of the vehicle came out of one of the restaurants, found that his car had been booted, and reached for a tire iron or something.
He proceeded to smash his windows and put dents in his SUV. The car looked a Ďhot messí when I saw it. To top things off, he stole his own license plates before fleeing the scene. Maybe he thought then he wouldnít be traceable, or maybe he was going to put them on his next car. The police were reporting the VIN number as I was snapping photos.
I was a recipient of the boot once on the North Side when getting it reflected five tickets in final determination, rather than the three it takes to get one now. About $500 later I became a more conscientious car owner. Maybe thatís why it isnít as prevalent here. Perhaps like me, others have already tasted the Bootís wrath, and donít want another bitter bite. Or maybe more of us just have garages.