It all got me to thinking. You may remember that one of my first jobs was Parking Coordinator on Crocodile Dundee II. That means I hired people who would put up "No Parking" signs, toss traffic cones in the spaces and watch the spaces to make sure nobody parked over night...all of this so that a bunch of trucks can pull in at 6:00 a.m. or whenever. It's actually important, because you want all of your equipment as close as you can get it to the work, but you also have to make sure none of the trucks are going to be in any of the shots. And it really sucks to have to move one or more of the trucks in the middle of the day.
We still hire Parking Coordinators here. "No Parking" signs, by themselves are completely useless. If there's no one there watching the spaces, New Yorkers will park there anyway. Sometimes, they won't even listen to the Parking P.A.'s who warn them that they'll be towed if they park on that block. I've even heard stories about a couple of Parking P.A.'s having guns pulled on them when they tried to chase cars away. Their authority consists of the permit (a piece of paper that anyone could have typed up), and an I.D. tag (often as not, some laminated piece of crap that says "Film Crew", issued by...nobody with any authority).
Anyway, what with all the Homeland Security we've gotten used to seeing around NYC, I'm thinking we should up the ante when it comes to demonstrating authority that we actually do have, but have no way of demonstrating. How about a new uniform for the Parking P.A.'s?
How about this:
"Dude! What part of "No Parking" don't you understand?"
I could be wrong, but I think this would be really effective.