[Noisebridge-discuss] hacking parking meters at Noisebridge

Jacob Appelbaum jacob at appelbaum.net
Tue Jun 10 14:19:34 UTC 2014

> FYI, a couple of non-members (looking at the fact they didn't have the
> door code) brought in a parking meter into NB. They're pretty excited by
> the fact it has quarters in it.

What kind of parking meter? Was it a local parking meter? How was it obtained?

Possession of a parking meter per se isn't a crime. Stealing a locally
active one probably isn't a good idea and is likely a crime. Poking at
one on the street is a grey area, depending on the poking. The SF DPT
were friendly when we broke the smart card system a few years ago.

That research on the SF parking meters is still online:


Hacking on parking meters to understand the machines that rule our
streets is totally excellent and lots of fun. Stealing an active meter
for quarters isn't, obviously.

All the best,

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