Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Do not trust this man

Do you think this guy has a lovely smile? Don't be fooled, he's a nasty ;-)
He's a City Ranger and he's the one who will write you a ticket if you park in the wrong spot!

Ne vous fiez pas à son bon sourire, ce jeune homme est un "méchant" : c'est un City Ranger et c'est lui qui vous mettra un PV si vous êtes mal garé ! L'équivalent de nos pervenches ou de nos aubergines en quelque sorte... Moralité : ne pas confondre les rangers des villes et les rangers des parcs nationaux qui, eux, sont là pour protéger l'environnement !

19 comments:

RamblingRound said...

I can tell he's very serious about his job!

delphinium said...

il a mis pas mal de gel dans les cheveux, c'est certainement pour être dans le vent, faire jeune, souriant, avant de paf, déposer un petit PV sur le pare-brise. C'est en quelque sorte la tac tac tac-tic du ranger. :-)
J'aime bien venir chez vous saisir le quotidien de Sydney. Merci.

julia said...

It is very curious to see some connection with eggplant! I was photographing and completely forgot and got a parking fine; I told the council I was really publicising the city! will see if that is good enough excuse.

Peter said...

Don't you accept it more easily if you are fined with a nice smile?

I guess he must just have started his day. These people are not always smiling, I guess being fed up with all people who shout at them with more or less valid arguments.

Irina said...

Did he notice you taking this photo?

Nathalie said...

Julia, I wish you luck, none of the good excuses that might work in France have ever been any good here - as far as I know.

Peter, Irina, it was lunch time and he was actually chatting with a female collegue when I caught the two of them waiting to cross the street(see the little red man?) I suspect he saw me taking the picture, but he didn't look angry!!! I think he was saying to her "don't turn around, we are being photographed..."

Olivier said...

je prefere nos pervenches, si on est gentil avec l'amende on a le droit a un beau sourire, ce qui change tout

Olivier said...

merci pour le lien sur les photos sur NYC, il y en a vraiment des superbes, de quoi faire rever et patienter avant le mois d'octobre (c'est long ;o) )

Nathalie said...

Julia, the connection with eggplant is that in France, the city rangers counterparts who issue parking fines, used to wear a maroon coloured uniform and therefore were nicknamed 'aubergines'. Their uniform was later changed to a lavender blue hence their current nickname of 'periwinkles'. French humour...

karlis of rigadailyphotos said...

He's just so happy to see one more potential victim! :)

M.Benaut said...

On peut voir son nom de famille sur le poteau indicateur dans cette métropole. Peut-être son prénom est Clark ?

M.Benaut said...

Merci beaucoup, Nathalie. J'ai changé cette préposition sur mon Blog selon votre aide très bonne. Je suis en retard en faisant ceci. Le "retard" est donc un "pays" ? Ma petite plaisanterie encore.

M.Benaut said...

Si vous croyez que j'ai une soirée de folie, alors vous êtes correct. Mon fils en Suisse m'informe que je serai un grand-père encore. Un à Sydney, et un neuf en Suisse. Quelle joie ! ! !
J'ai entendu les nouvelles il y a quelques minutes.

Bergson said...

Nathalie I believe that it located you

will park your camera further

Château-Gontierdailyphoto said...

When I see your picture without reading your comment, I thougt it was somebody who help if you want to cross the street.
One thing is good, with his fluo jacket you can't miss him, if he near.
No surprise if you have a ticket...or you have to go changing your glasses.

photowannabe said...

Spoken like you have had the experience.
He has a sly smile. I won't be fooled by him.

Sally said...

I am glad you weren't one of his "victims" !

Here in Sydney they used to wear a brown uniform and be called "Brown Bombers".

i think now they are called "Grey Ghosts" for the grey uniform!

AntiguaDailyPhoto.Com said...

At least this fellow will not clamp your tires as they do in La Antigua.

http://antiguadailyphoto.com/2007/06/04/clamping-the-automobiles-on-the-no-parking-zone/

Norman said...

Perhaps he could be replaced with a Committee of Public safety, Nathalie? On the other hand, I have to confess I'd rather have the occasional fine BY one of them, than face, dasy after day, having to BE one of them, and deal with motorists deprived of their presumed God given right to do as they please, happily burning up non-renewable resources, polluting the planet even faster, and avoiding public transport by like the plague?