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Parking Wars is a reality television show that airs on the Arts and Entertainment (A&E) cable television network. The series follows a variety of traffic enforcement employees in various towns while they address parking enforcement violations. The series began with employees of the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA), showcasing the interactions between vehicle owners and employees while their vehicles are being ticketed, booted or towed. Also included is footage showing how staff deals with the many issues and situations surrounding the public while attempting to retrieve their vehicles from various impound lots.

The employees tell these stories in their own words as opposed to following a script. Each episode includes three different segments that depict cars entering the violation system through the initial ticket, boot, tow or impound in either chronological or reverse order. The initial adjudication and following auction sequences were eliminated and towing is rarely featured.

Many booting segments include longtime employee Steve Garfield and his partner Sherry, both of whom are very adept at their jobs. They travel on assigned beats to find vehicles that have had at least three or more tickets for at least six months. They boot the vehicles so that owners may not continue to drive them until outstanding fines are paid.

Booting vehicles usually requires the employees of PPA to snap locking devices onto the front wheel in order to immobilize the vehicle. Sometimes it is challenging to attach these boots due to the various wheel sizes. This can become unnerving for the PPA staff since they must often race against time to avoid running into vehicle owners.

For example, some of the bootings are performed in front of vehicle owner homes, making it easy for them to be spotted. The goal of the staff is to avoid unpleasant confrontations as much as possible. However, much of the time, vehicle owners find their way back to their automobiles while the staff is still issuing a ticket or in the midst of a booting procedure.

The first five seasons of Parking Wars concentrated on the Philadelphia region. However, the Detroit MPD (Municipal Parking Department) was later added as a location. The series also includes the parking enforcement unit in Providence, Rhode Island. Later episodes are slated to include locations as far away as Japan.

Tuesday 10:00 PM et/pt on A&E
7 Seasons, 121 Episodes - Canceled
January 8, 2008
Reality
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  • Reactions of angry motorists who are ticketed Philadelphia Parking Authority for parking violations.

  • Reactions of angry motorists who are ticketed Philadelphia Parking Authority for parking violations.

  • Reactions of angry motorists who are ticketed Philadelphia Parking Authority for parking violations.

  • In Detroit Ponytail tries to break illegal parkers of their bad habits. Uncle Jojo uses his positive attitude to calm upset Staten Island residents while towing their cars. New parking officer Kristina gets all nature of surprises while ticketing on the night shift in North Hempstead.

  • John flies to the rescue in the Bronx when the irate owner of a towed box truck storms the impound lot. In Detroit angry parkers confront Lashelle even as they confess to know the laws they are breaking, while Ponytail schools agitated citizens on new parking rules during the night shift.

  • Mike is caught in the middle of two Staten Island women feuding over a tow. An irate mob confronts Eric for giving rush-hour tickets in front of a popular Detroit market.

  • A belligerent man spews venom at Steve as he enforces parking safety in Providence.

  • Reactions of angry motorists who are ticketed Philadelphia Parking Authority for parking violations.

  • Reactions of angry motorists who are ticketed Philadelphia Parking Authority for parking violations.

  • An agitated young man blocks Rob from towing his car at a private lot in the Bronx. In Providence, Johnny practices tough love while ticketing but softens for a pair of seniors with a good excuse, while repeat offenders face justice from Judge Caprio in traffic court.

  • Lashelle learns anger management in Detroit when citizens fly into a rage over parking tickets. New York attitude extends to Long Island where Rob tickets bad parkers and even worse drivers in North Hempstead and angry shoppers threaten to call the cops on Hadrick for towing illegally parked cars.

  • Reactions of angry motorists who are ticketed Philadelphia Parking Authority for parking violations.

  • Reactions of angry motorists who are ticketed Philadelphia Parking Authority for parking violations.

  • An angry mob questions a tow-truck driver in Trenton, N.J.; repeat offenders are ticketed in Detroit; and a driver attempts to use an invalid handicap placard in Providence, R.I.

  • An angry man questions a ticketer; illegal parkers are found in the Bronx; and a ticketer fights to make his point through strong winds in Providence, R.I.

  • A ticketer is verbally attacked in Providence, R.I.; cars without permits are towed in Staten Island; and violators in Detroit refuse to admit they're wrong.

  • An irate Trenton woman is desperate to stop her car from being towed; residents become angry in the Bronx.

  • Residents are irate to see their cars towed from an apartment complex in Staten Island; violators challenge a ticket; and a Providence, R.I., man claims his tickets are bogus.

  • In the Season 7 opener, a driver becomes outraged, a ticket writer is attacked, and a parking sign is questioned for legitimacy.

  • In Staten Island Jojo is ambushed by a furious repeat offender who tries to block her car from being towed. Ponytail uses all his powers to stop parking violators in Detroit and Noreen takes no grief from an irate Hempstead store owner parked in the bus zone.

  • A Detroit barber and outraged crowd challenge Ponytail over the length of his hair - and the length of a city bus. Little Hawk flies solo towing an abandoned car from a Trenton highway only to have the angry owner storm the lot. Ticketer Betsy tries to keep order as Providence taxi drivers evade the law.

  • In Detroit Ponytail tries to break illegal parkers of their bad habits. Uncle Jojo uses his positive attitude to calm upset Staten Island residents while towing their cars. New parking officer Kristina gets all nature of surprises while ticketing on the night shift in North Hempstead.

  • John flies to the rescue in the Bronx when the irate owner of a towed box truck storms the impound lot. In Detroit angry parkers confront Lashelle even as they confess to know the laws they are breaking, while Ponytail schools agitated citizens on new parking rules during the night shift.

  • Mike is caught in the middle of two Staten Island women feuding over a tow. An irate mob confronts Eric for giving rush-hour tickets in front of a popular Detroit market. In North Hempstead, Noreen's motherly patience is tested when she tickets an irate citizen in the fire zone.

  • Violators in Detroit retaliate when given their tickets; a woman has trouble understanding the law in Providence, R.I.; and an attempt at a peaceful day of parking enforcement fails in Detroit.

  • Nosy neighbors of violators in Detroit become annoying; crosswalk parkers are reprimanded in Providence, R.I. Also: A man's car is booted because of an illegal license plate.

  • A gang of beauty-school students threaten violence in Detroit; a Providence, R.I., man blames a missing sign for his violation; and a booted car results in traffic problems in Detroit.

  • In Detroit, a man gets irate when he's ticketed near his house; repeat offenders contend their violations; Providence, R.I., residents are guilt-tripped into following the rules.

  • Lashelle learns anger management in Detroit when citizens fly into a rage over parking tickets. New York attitude extends to Long Island where Rob tickets bad parkers and even worse drivers in North Hempstead and angry shoppers threaten to call the cops on Hadrick for towing illegally parked cars.

  • A Detroit car dealer decides to park vehicles on the sidewalk; drivers in Providence, R.I., get rambunctious; Detroit firefighters need help keeping fire hydrants accessible.

  • In Detroit, a violator tries to drive away at the same time his vehicle's being towed; a resident tries to remove a handicapped-parking sign the city of Detroit installed for him.

  • In Detroit, Lashelle tries to counsel sisters furious over a corner clearance violation. Two Providence men confront Johnny after they are ticketed for feeding the wrong meter, and Ponytail is all business while dealing with angry citizens in Detroit.

  • A furious man challenges booters Rodney and Michele as they try to uphold the law. Providence citizens berate Charles even when the violations are obvious. The insults get personal when Sonjia tickets an irate violator in Detroit.

  • Detroit Booters Courtney and Sonjia get into it with a football player when he uses his heft to block his mama's car from being towed. Ticketer Debbie battles noise and an irate man in downtown Providence. In Detroit, Ponytail confronts lots of mischief on his ticket beat.

  • In Detroit, Rodney and Sonjia boot a man who claims he's already paid all his tickets. "Johnny Tickets" meets angry opposition as he lives up to his nickname in Providence. Sonia comes face to face with an angry mob at a Detroit bar while ticketing.

  • Booting on a Saturday brings Michele and Courtney face to face with an angry Detroit restaurant owner. In Providence, Charles is called every name in the book except his real one as he tries to keep the bus lane clear. When she has to work a ticket beat, Detroit booter Sonjia gets more abuse than she's used to.

  • Ponytail is confronted by furious Detroit citizens as he tries to catch early bird violators on his morning beat. Bonnie meets argumentative repeat offenders on her Providence ticket beat. Springtime in Detroit brings trouble when Rodney and Sonjia boot at a graduation ceremony.

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