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“I called 311 and they told me that because its not in the street they cannot ticket or tow it.”

by Prince Of Petworth May 12, 2017 at 12:30 pm 25 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

I recently moved to a new condo in DC and the scooter in the picture has been sitting there for weeks. No one in my building owns it, it has no license plate and I havent seen anyone even approach it since I moved in. I called DC 311 and they told me that because its not in the street they cannot ticket or tow it. I have to believe thats not the case as its just sitting on a lawn. Any suggestions who I can reach out to get this removed?

  • TJ

    Move it onto the street and call them back.

    • stacksp


    • different TJ

      Ditto, that’s likely a successful move if you’re really hung up about it. Years ago neighbors couldn’t get the city to tow an abandoned car in our neighborhood. It was gone within an hour once it was rolled into the traffic lane just enough to be an annoying obstruction…

    • textdoc

      Actual LOL.
      But that might actually be the best way of handling it (assuming that the scooter isn’t chained to the pole in the photo.)

      • Carey

        Hard to believe it would sit there for weeks if it wasn’t chained to the pole.

    • madmonk28

      This is what I came in to say.

  • Some guy

    Claim it as salvage under bird law and sell it on Craigslist?

    • Tom

      Hummingbird is a legal tender bro

  • Ben

    Can you tell if rats or vermin have made a home in it? You could get it declared abandoned, which does cover private property: https://beta.code.dccouncil.us/dc/council/code/sections/50-2421.02.html

  • crayons

    Put a sign on it that says “$500 or best offer”. Once you assign value to it, someone should steal it.

    • Kingman Park

      This is actually quite effective.

    • I must have had the same sign on my heart, cause you just stole it crayons.

      • crayons

        Awwww shux

  • BigD

    I will look forward to a scooter-b-que post on PoPville in the near future.

  • wdc

    Call the police (911 even for nonemergencies) and tell them someone dumped a stolen scooter on your lawn?

    • textdoc

      It looks like it’s in public space (area between sidewalk and curb), not on private property.

  • anon

    There was a scooter that was clearly stolen that was left abandoned in the easement walkway behind my house, my neighbor actually called the police because it was stolen property, they took care of it.

  • KBT

    You could also try your council member’s office. There was an abandoned car in front of our condo building for months — not getting tickets but with flat tires, etc. — and my reporting to 311 did nothing. Someone in Councilmember Allen’s office was able to connect with the right person and it was moved within a week.

    • textdoc

      And if your councilmember’s constituent-services people are incompetent (*cough* Brianne Nadeau *cough*), try the MOCR (Mayor’s Office of Community Relations) rep for your ward — they can also be very good in getting city agencies to act.

  • OP Anon

    It looks stolen. Especially if there’s nothing chaining it to that light post.
    That’s a janky-ass scooter.

  • John B.

    Call the city to arrange a bulk trash pickup?

  • Waterfront

    Its in public space. Call DPW and call DDOT. They should work it out. If this doesn’t do it, contact your Councilmember and them deal w DPW and DDOT.

  • Vicar

    I presume someone is going to start calling this question “passive-aggressive” and wonder why you don’t physically assault the scooter like a real urban person would.

    • Anon

      If you *asked* it to move, it would probably just move.

  • Elkhaert

    That is quite the frankenscooter. You sure it doesn’t belong to Theseus?


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