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St. Louis Mayor Demands Parking Lot Attendants Following Rash of Car Break-Ins

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Updated 9:55 a.m. with comment from Mayor Francis Slay.

They charge you anywhere from $10 to $20 dollars to park your car in their lots for a few hours to catch a Cardinals game. You'd think the least they could do for that money is watch over your vehicle while it's there and make sure it's not vandalized.

Often, though, that isn't the case. Last Friday night thieves smashed into more than 60 vehicles parked in and around downtown during the Cardinals game. St. Louis police chief Dan Isom believes the smash-and-grab bandits are searching for handguns that might be hidden beneath the seat or in the glove box.

Now Mayor Francis Slay is saying enough is enough.

"I am angry and frustrated about what happened Friday night," said Slay in a release sent to the media today regarding Friday's break-ins. "It easily could have been prevented."

According to the mayor's office, several of the parking lots where the vandalism occurred did not have an attendant on duty at the time of the burglaries.

As a result, the mayor's office is demanding that commercial parking lots downtown provide an attendant to stick around for the entire time vehicles are parked in the lot. (That is, they can't just leave once the lot is full and they've collected all the moolah they're going to make that day.) Slay also wants restricted access to the lots to prevent thieves from entering the area.

The city counselors office is currently drafting measures that would put the rules in place within 30 days. Failure to comply with the rules could lead to the parking lots being shut down.

In the meantime, the city's Problem Properties division is planning to meet with the owners of 100 parking lots to specifically address nuisance issues on their properties.

Don't know about you, but Slay's policy seems to make sense to us. Of course, we'll see what happens once the car vandals turn their attention to mugging the parking lot attendants and stealing all those $10 and $20 bills collected at the gate. 

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9 comments
GDM
GDM

yeah, blame the victims mayor, that's solid leadership right there

Stl2
Stl2

and what about the cars that have been broken into outside the Muny and othe special events in Forest Park?  the city's gonna make sure tons of cops are on foot from now on protecting my car on city property, correct?

Douche_McGee
Douche_McGee

Does Slay really think that some guy with hundreds/thousands of dollars in his pocket is going to stick around and babysit someone's car? They sell the spot, not security

KittyLitterKing
KittyLitterKing

I guess the Mayor is admitting the City's police department can't do its job?

Handsome Jimmy
Handsome Jimmy

I am your typical run-of-the-mill libtard and even I say that Mayor Slay is awfully soft on crime in this city.

Your Momma
Your Momma

"He's demanding that commercial parking lots downtown provide an attendant to stick around for the entire time vehicles are parked in the lot. "

I demand the mayor have the the police that normally rob tickets and attend the game, instead watch the lots. 

jdub
jdub

My car was safer when the valets raced it.

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