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Teamsters' Parking Draws Sharp Responses

Facebook follower tells complainer to "get a life."

Charlestown Patch’s social media followers had a sharp response Monday to a link we posted to a post about motorcycles parked outside the Teamsters Local 25 building in Sullivan Square.

A user at citizens connect posted this complaint:

“Every time the Teamsters meet they park their bikes there and they are NEVER ticketed. If an ordinary citizen parked their bike there try would be towed They also park their cars in the Sullivan Circle rotary and, again, are never ticketed. Why is this allowed to happen?”

Our Facebook followers took offense to the complaint.

“It's once a month for 9 months out of the year on Sundays. People need to get lives,” said Mary Beth Emerson Lovejoy.

“This must be the YUPPIES complaining. Do we complain when they let their dogs [defecate] all over the place or when they park 3 ft. Away from the curb on narrow side streets?” added Jeff Connors.

But twitter follower Garry Waldeck clarified his complaint:

“It was when they left that was a problem. Not that they were parked illegally,” Waldeck said.

He said that the Teamsters left the gathering around noon. As he was coming around the rotary, Waldeck said, he found people getting into their cars where there is usually space for vehicles to merge.

He also noted that the group could have parked in the empty parking lot adjacent to the building.

What do you think?

Kasey Hariman March 21, 2012 at 03:34 PM
How do the busses negotiate those motorcycles? Has anyone who uses that bus stop or lives near it seen how (or if) busses and bus riders are able to adapt to the bikes?
Joseph March 21, 2012 at 06:48 PM
You're right John, there is a joke coming, and it's you. The fact that this is your sense of community has me in stitches. You are that closed minded to see this doesn't affect one person, but it has a major affect upon all those traveling in the rotary, clogging up traffic and reducing the amount of travel lanes? THAT is the problem with them parking there. I just don't get how they can get away with it? How can a cop drive past that and not ticket them? I see your point of view now though, anything against the system is good. Anything with the system is bad. Different rules for different people. Another perfect example of what is wrong with the City of Boston and with those running it.
Seamus O'Sullivan March 21, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Joseph, haven't you learned from all these years living in Charlestown? That's the way things have always been so that's the way things will continue to be. Just like kids loitering in front of stores, or the open use/dealing of heroin, cars getting broken into and the police doing nothing about it, etc.. Deal with it or leave. We hate change around here. You wouldn't understand, you're not from here.
Kevin Kelly March 21, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I have never seen traffic clogged at the rotary, ever, due to Teamsters parking. Perhpas we should curtail the blood drives/autism drives/Toys for Tots drives/union meetings as to not offend the people who take issue with Local 25; on this website, that amounts to two people out of a community of 15,000.
Joseph March 21, 2012 at 07:21 PM
My guess Kevin, you're inside at the meeting and then choose not to see the mess created when you walk outside? Good for them, raising the money they do - that doesn't mean they can do whatever they want when it comes to parking in "NO PARKING ZONES!! I love how you people justify their actions. You're all on the take!! That's funny Seamus. How true, but I'm not leaving. I've been here for over 15yrs and will be for another 15...at least!! Toonie For Life Baby!!
Kevin Kelly March 22, 2012 at 03:49 AM
I'm not a Teamster but I am a lifelong Charlestown resident.
Joseph March 22, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I hope it's not removed, I have no problem with what you're saying. You're still defending the ILLEGAL parking that goes on and how the cops do nothing about it. Some one = someone, your=you're, there=their, the list goes on. Mr. Houlihan, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
Joseph March 22, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Illegal parking is perfectly acceptable, that is your point John. Sorry pal, but I win. You have absolutely no ground to stand on when you are defending illegal parking because "they've been doing it for years." You strike me to be the same person that would park in a handicap spot without a permit. Phones know the difference between there and their. You don't.
Seamus O'Sullivan March 22, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Clearly (and unsurprisingly) the Billy Madison reference went way over John's head.
Mum22 March 22, 2012 at 06:03 PM
As I said to Mary Beth with her comparison, yours is irrelevant too. Selling Happy Meals isn't illegal (gross perhaps, but not illegal). Parking in spots clearly marked "No Parking" is illegal. I continue to be amazed that people are willing to fight for a groups right to break the law. Besides, it's not as if there isn't ample parking elsewhere that is completely legal.
Joseph March 22, 2012 at 07:58 PM
No John, just smarter than you. I do appreciate you showing your true colors though. Thank you for sharing with this community. I honestly hope you don't have offspring.
Bette Task March 23, 2012 at 12:02 PM
What about the people who park on the sidewalk in front of the courthouse and the Life Focus Center in City Square? Illegal???
WD March 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Some notes: 1) Enforcement or parking laws is lax everywhere in the city on Sundays since BTD does not work. This is not just a Charlestown or Teamsters issue. 2) If the Teamsters supposedly have so much clout with the city, why don’t they just get BTD to change all the signs to exclude Sundays? 3) The Teamsters do, however, park their black sedans on the city of boston sidewalk in front of the building, most days. This is plain arrogant. If anyone else did the same they would get a ticket. This needs to stop. 4) The pendulum has swung on corruption. The police aren’t going to be able to “look the other way” anymore on illegal parking like this. Citizens are demanding honestly, transparency, and action from their government.
Nik March 24, 2012 at 03:05 PM
This is a non-issue people. Most if not all of our most influential Massachusetts politicians, national advisors and invited guests, as well as celebrity influences are all frequent visitors of these monthly meetings. Our parking conditions, confinements and restrictions are transparent. We park to simply park and attend our monthly meeting(s), with no other intent or disregard.
mudder March 24, 2012 at 03:36 PM
These TOONIES have nothing better to do. Most of them are trust fund babies, they come to Charlestown buy a new toy (real estate) with Mommy and Daddies money stay here for a couple of years and make everybody around them miserable, then they hit the road with their small profit and back to suburbia. TOONIES have been stirring things up since they've infested the Boston neighborhoods, over in the North End every summer you read in the papers about how upset these TOONIE frauds are because of the feast and the smell of the sausages. LEAVE THE TEAMSTERS ALONE, otherwise go back to Weston or Newton or wherever you frauds are from.
Zoo March 24, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Mudder, I've lived in Charlestown for about 11 years now and have no issues with the Teamsters parking in Sullivan Square periodically on Sundays. I've never seen issues with the traffic. If anything, it helps slow traffic down a little which I think is beneficial. It would be nice if we could get to know people individually and limit stereotypes. I make it a point never to use the words "Townie" or "Toonie" when describing people because I think we all need to appreciate people for what they bring to the table and be accepting of any differences.
Justeen Mee March 25, 2012 at 11:31 PM
HA ha ha that was so funny I almost peed my pants! "Honesty, transparency, and action from their government". While I am sure you meant to be serious, as long as there is such thing as a liberal, (you know, do as we say and not as we do) and the nimrods in MA keep voting simply because there is a "D" next to their name, you may as well be looking for the holy grail. We were supposed to have that from Odumbo and look where that got us...case closed.
Justeen Mee March 25, 2012 at 11:46 PM
"Not everything that is against the law is BAD!!" Too true! Ask Martha Choakley and Devalue Patrick about illegals running loose in MA for your confirmation of that!
Justeen Mee March 25, 2012 at 11:48 PM
A woman jumped off a bridge and killed herself, people are starving and loosing their houses. Families are living in cars, and Illegals are running people over and or killing them and getting away with it, and we have a poor excuse for a president who is spending our great grandchildren's money as we speak, and spent a quarter of a million dollars to send his daughter and friends to Mexico for spring break.Yet you people are worried about how the Teamsters park their Motorcycles and cars? Really? You ought to be ashamed of yourselves seriously! Don't worry your ugly PRIUSES will still get around them unfortunately.
Justeen Mee March 25, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Perhaps because John has other things to do than watch movies and memorize lines from them?
WD March 26, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Mudder, if toonies are frauds, what is this exactly: CASHMAN pled guilty to a two-count superseding information charging him with Hobbs Act extortion; and conspiracy to steal and embezzle from an employee benefit program, to file false documents with ERISA, to commit mail fraud and to violate the Taft- Hartley Act http://www.teamster.net/topic/8659-george-cashman-pleads-guilty/
Joseph March 26, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I'm here Johnny Boy. Illegal parking = illegal parking. They shouldn't park there either. Your teamster defense is falling apart, which goes to show how ridiculous your argument actually is. Laws don't apply to you - just everyone else. It's comical that you put the label of trust fund babies on all newer residents of Charlestown. Goes to show how idiotic and closed-minded you actually are. I put myself through college, bought a home in Charlestown, all without a nickel from my parents or any other source. Proud as hell to make that happen. Question for you Johnny boy - the house you live in now, how long has it been in your family? Few generations? How much did YOU pay for that? Probably not a dime Johnny. Am I right? Or, is it more likely that you're still living in the basement of your parents house, collecting from the the government because you're too lazy to make a name for yourself? G'Day.
Seamus O'Sullivan March 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Mudder, you saying all of us non-townies are trust fund babies is like me saying that all townies are loitering uneducated heroin addicts that break into cars and destroy store fronts. It's not really an effective foundation for an argument. In fact, there's probably less difference between you and I than you think. I grew up as the son of a union laborer and a secretary who scraped together what they had to send me to a good college. I earned every single dollar I have through my own hard work. There's nothing fraudulent about that. Sounds to me like you've got some jealousy issues bro.
Owen March 26, 2012 at 10:45 PM
"you're"; "they're"
Owen March 26, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Yeah, damn those "toonies" who helped turn this city around over the past twenty or so years. rampant crime, slums, and drug epidemics were way better. And no, a "trust fund baby" is not writing this. An eleven year Coast Guardsman and prowd Charlestown resident is (but if the military started paying us on the same level as the "trust fund babies", let me know. Because I must be missing something).
Owen March 26, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Wow, Justeen. Sounds chaotic out there. Or maybe you're just buying into the fear and hyperbole being fed to you. Sad.
mudder March 26, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Truth hurts the Trust Fund Babies, they all have diaper rash. How dare a Townie ever say anything like that, and WD3 what does extortion have to do with parking at Sullivan Sq...DOAH!! I'll see you frauds up the Monument with your shorts on wool socks an Birkenstock footwear...OWEN THANK YOU FOR SAVING THE City of Boston, your self serving reply proved my point.....haaaa..here's your quote "Yeah, damn those "toonies" who helped turn this city around over the past twenty or so years. rampant crime, slums, and drug epidemics..OWEN IS YOUR ARM SORE FROM PATTING YOURSELF ON THE BACK...you conceited fraud...
Owen March 26, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Poor Mudder. He/she doesn't even know what they're ranting about. Just an angry soul lashing out at anyone and everything. What part of my reply to you was hard to understand? What part of 11 year active duty Coast Guardsman living in Charlestown (enlisted, to boot) also says "trust fund baby"? That all you got? Just blind anger at what you percieve (wrongly) to be at issue?
Owen March 26, 2012 at 11:55 PM
What's funny is that is the same attitude people had where I grew up in South Philly when more money started to come through the area. People would whine all day about the crime, gangs, and drugs. Then when people who didn't pimp, sell dope, or beat people for a living started to buy property there (thus raising property values), everyone started crying about that. People boggle my mind. Do they want a nice neighborhood or a dump?
Owen March 27, 2012 at 06:56 AM
"This is like the mother who cant keep her kid from crying because he wants a happy meal so instead of dealing with her own problem she sues Mcdonalds to stop selling happy meals..." And maybe also this is your version of what you think you might have maybe heard in the news. The reality is some mom with apparently nothing to do after she got bored with the same old Nate Berkus reruns did in fact sue McDonalds. She claimed that McDonalds used toys in Happy Meals to market directly to children. So no, apparently she didn't file a lawsuit because her brat wouldn't stop crying.

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