Eugene Mirman — who voices Gene Belcher on Fox’s Bob’s Burgers — was apparently having a nice time in Portsmouth, a small, yet assuredly fine New Hampshire town in June. He strolled the streets and shopped with his girlfriend. When he returned to his car, he found a parking ticket. He was displeased.
It was only for $15, but Mirman rallied out of principle; he merely parked his card in backward. Thus, he took out a full newspaper ad, found via Reddit, to express his disappointment.
Here’s an excerpt from Mirman’s letter, after laying down the background.
You’re probably thinking, “Well, if before visiting Portsmouth, like everyone else — you’d simply gone to the City Clerk’s Office website, clicked on City of Portsmouth ordinances and looked in chapter seven — Vehicles, Traffic and Parking. Right there in section 7.316: BACK TO CURB, it says, “No vehicle shall remain backed up to the curb.” Similarly, if you had gone to my website before I came to your city and clicked on Eugene’s ordinances, you’d know that in Chapter One under “F%#K You Don’t Steal My Money,” in section 8.215 is says, “F%#K You Don’t Steal My Money.”
For those hoping this will be read in the voice of the lovably idiotic and simple Gene, Mirman teases that reality.