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I thought our crossing guard was their lollipop man, and our meter maid was their traffic warden.

I don't know whether they still exist, but on Queensland's Gold Coast, "meter maids" were the scantily clad young women ... feeding expired parking meters to save the tourists from parking fines that might have made them vow never to return.

How common in different parts of the world is the shady practice of having your car registered in the name of some decoy, so that you can then park where you want without paying, while the decoy accumulates a fortune in fines that will never be paid?

James
There is also a list of recommended substitutes, many of ... by "person" in all my technical writing about computer systems.

As in person-server networking? DC

Banning the words on this list of innocuous words reminded me of the gradual shift of English to Newspeak in Orwell's "1984".
Regards,
Chuck Riggs
Near Dublin, Ireland
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Spot on, but only if they're women. Did 'meter maid' exist pre-Lovely Rita?

Absolutely. that was the inspiration for the song. And a meter-maid is sexless. I've never heard anyone hesitate to call the (exceedingly rare) male meter-maid a meter-maid.

I beg to differ: some of the meter maids I've seen were anything but sexless.

Regards,
Chuck Riggs
Near Dublin, Ireland
No. A crossing guard is usually a parent or staff member of a school standing out in the street by ... wee lad, these positions were filled by students, but anymore it seems to be adults. They have no official capacity.

In my grade school, the position was held by a "traffic boy". Traffic boys were students, and got to wear a white "Sam Browne" type of belt. No stop sign, orange vest, or other accouterment of office. It was considered a position of honor and trust and given out to the teacher's pets. Naturally, I was never appointed to this high office.

There were no traffic girls. Girls were not considered to be proper figures of authority. They were not even appointed as Ink Well Monitors or Hall Monitors.
School Crossing Guard, today in this area, is a paid position. Here are the requirements:
http://www.seminolesheriff.org/en-us/about/employment opportunities/jobs/school crossing guard.php?sf ses=vfflvrrkc or

Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida
In many areas, traffic wardens have been abolished; there are, I think, none in London any more. Parking control is ... councils, rather than the police force. They are known by a variety of names; Westminster calls them "Civil Enforcement Officers".

That would allow the person to identify themselves as "CEOs". In today's economy here, a person might go from CEO to CEO.

Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida
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No. A crossing guard is usually a parent or staff ... it seems to be adults. They have no official capacity.

In my grade school, the position was held by a "traffic boy". Traffic boys were students, and got to wear ... Guard, today in this area, is a paid position. Here are the requirements: http://www.seminolesheriff.org/en-us/about/employment opportunities/jobs/school crossing guard.php?sf ses=vfflvrrkc or

Applicant must be 18 years of age.
Does that mean 18 or more years of age?

Peter Duncanson, UK
(in alt.english.usage)
I don't know whether they still exist, but on Queensland's ... fines that might have made them vow never to return.

How common in different parts of the world is the shady practice of having your car registered in the name ... then park where you want without paying, while the decoy accumulates a fortune in fines that will never be paid?

Not quite the same, but when you sell your old automobile here, it's up to the buyer to have the vehicle titled in his name. When the buyer doesn't do that, any parking fines are the responsibility of the owner-of-record. It's not uncommon at all for a person to find out a year later that he owes the city thousands of dollars. His driver's license may be suspended over this.
The last time I sold a car to another individual (as opposed to trading one in to a dealer), my condition of sale was that we would go together to the title office and I would sign over the title to him there.
In addition to parking fines, the owner-of-record may be subject to a lawsuit if the vehicle is involved in an accident. Having a signed Bill Of Sale can be a defense, but the person still has to go to court and may have to hire an attorney.
The reason the buyer doesn't make the change in title is that the transaction requires paying sales tax of 6% or more of the purchase amount.

Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida
How common in different parts of the world is the ... accumulates a fortune in fines that will never be paid?

Not quite the same, but when you sell your old automobile here, it's up to the buyer to have the ... was that we would go together to the title office and I would sign over the title to him there.

Our registration documents have a tear-off section that the seller sends to the authorities, which in effect de-registers the car.

It's up to the buyer to register the new ownership; if he doesn't do that and it's subsequently discovered, he gets done for driving an unregistered vehicle (that is, it's not considered as "still registered" to the previous owner).

Cheers, Harvey
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I don't know whether they still exist, but on Queensland's ... fines that might have made them vow never to return.

How common in different parts of the world is the shady practice of having your car registered in the name ... then park where you want without paying, while the decoy accumulates a fortune in fines that will never be paid?

You are the Bellman, AICMFP.

David
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