Forget the nukes and the ill fitting uniforms, North Korea has committed perhaps the greatest offense known to Donald Trump’s home state – stiffing New York on over $156,000 in unpaid parking tickets dating back to the 1990s.
The peacocked investigators at New York’s NBC 4 uncovered more than 1,300 parking violations racked up by the regime.
A man who identified himself as secretary of North Korea’s UN mission told channel 4 that the ticket information must be in error because New York City has the right to pull diplomatic parking privileges from countries which accumulate too many tickets.
“It’s not true,” Jong Jo said. “It is false. Whenever we have a ticket, we pay. Because, you know, if we have three tickets the city does not allow us to renew their permission.” –NBC 4
While this is true today, most of the tickets were issued before New York City and the U.S. State Department agreed upon the rule in 2002.
Know thy enemy
North Korea isn’t the only country skipping out on parking tickets;
Among the notable scofflaws:
- Syria, with $362,550 in parking debt
- Iran, with $184,987 in parking debt
- Russia, with $104,231 in parking debt
- China, with $398,736 in parking debt
How does it feel, New Yorkers, to know that YOU are expected to pay for that 16 minute ticket in a 15 minute zone – with a bonus penalty if it isn’t 30 days, while enemies of the United States make a mockery of our laws?
The U.S. State department takes the issue ‘very seriously,’ mind you – issuing a statement saying just that, with the caveat that diplomats can do whatever the fuck they want:
“The Department strictly enforces the rules and associated consequences concerning our extension of driving privileges to foreign mission members in the United States. This is a responsibility that we take very seriously, meaning we ensure that, irrespective to an individuals’ entitlement to immunity, there are consequences when a foreign mission member fails to comply with U.S. motor vehicle laws.. . . With this said, it is important for police to treat foreign diplomatic and consular personnel with respect. It is not an exaggeration to say that police handing of incidents in this country could have a direct effect on the treatment of US diplomatic and consular personnel serving abroad.”
Keep paying your parking tickets plebs. Until you’re a petulant dictator lobbing missiles over Japan, you’re just another cog in the machine.If you enjoy the content at iBankCoin, please follow us on Twitter