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Parking Wars is a reality series that premiered on A&E in 2008. The show follows the day-to-day jobs of parking enforcement officers and impound lot workers, as they cope with irate drivers and car owners who get served with citations or car-immobilizing boots.
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The show has three segments, out of which one or all of them may be used in any particular episode:

  • Ticketing — Officers search out vehicles with expired parking meters or otherwise illegally parked.
  • Booting — A patrol van roams the streets with special image-scanning equipment that reads vehicle license plates. The plate numbers are run through the city's database, and those that are flagged for outstanding warrants get booted.
  • Impound Lot — The clerks there have to contend with angry car owners trying to get their vehicles back, but may be hampered by not enough money or bureaucratic red tape.

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Parking Wars is subject to one or more of the following tropes, including but not limited to:

  • By-the-Book Cop: Most of the show's officers may be considered this.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Very prevalent.
  • Dude, Where's Our Car?: There have been a few instances where an impounded car got misplaced, and the hapless driver had to wander around the lot looking for it.
  • Just Doing My Job: You could make a Drinking Game for Parking Wars out of this line.
  • Meddlesome Patrolman/Obstructive Bureaucrat: What the city employees are usually regarded as, according to those on the receiving end of a ticket or a car boot.
  • Parking Problems: The entire premise of the show.
  • Pop-Up Trivia: Little blurbs may appear explaining the finer details of city ordinances, as they relate to the ongoing situation.
  • Traffic Wardens: Unusually, the show depicts their side of the story, and how the vast majority of the cars they ticket are parked illegally or in an unsafe manner, or both.
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