San Francisco fake-parking-ticket hack busted

Another blow for libertarianism. The People's Republic of San Francisco has forced Parking Control Service, the energetically entrepreneurial local company whose employees placed $40 "parking violation fine" tickets on cars in lots around SF and Marin, to refund drivers who paid the tickets. PCS — whose tickets looked convincingly like the government-issued kind, including fine increases for every so many days unpaid — is owned by the same company that operates California Parking lots. I dunno. Bluffing me for forty bucks was more upfront than the old parking-lot practice of having my car towed and taking a kickback.