Illegal parking

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Illegal parking

Postby Digity » Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:31 pm

Does parking illegally constitute theft? For instance, I had workers come to my house to install A/C. I had to put my car on the street and it's only allowed to be there at most three hours. If I left it longer is that considered stealing? Does that break the precept?
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Re: Illegal parking

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:49 pm

never really looked into it as I don't drive, but I wouldn't of thought it would.
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Re: Illegal parking

Postby polarbuddha101 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 5:07 pm

Digity wrote:Does parking illegally constitute theft? For instance, I had workers come to my house to install A/C. I had to put my car on the street and it's only allowed to be there at most three hours. If I left it longer is that considered stealing? Does that break the precept?


I don't think it's stealing but following the laws of the land as long as they don't go against the dhamma is certainly a good thing to do. I wouldn't worry about it except just not try not to do it in the future.

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Re: Illegal parking

Postby Nyorai » Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:00 am

This is not stealing. Stealing is one having the intention directly or indirectly to make it becomes yours or belong to your company :D
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Re: Illegal parking

Postby BlackBird » Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:09 am

If that's theft then string me up and torture me silly, because I am a most awful brigand :embarassed:

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Re: Illegal parking

Postby Buckwheat » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:54 pm

Digity wrote:Does parking illegally constitute theft? For instance, I had workers come to my house to install A/C. I had to put my car on the street and it's only allowed to be there at most three hours. If I left it longer is that considered stealing? Does that break the precept?


I might think it is a minor form of stealing time/space, but there is also a minimum value associated with the vinaya code. If I remember right, it's 1/16th troy ounce of gold, which comes to about $70-80 I think. So, unless you were there long enough that you should have shoveled in that many quarters, I think your parking would be considered, if anything, very minor. It's good to avoid minor offenses, but don't lose sleep over it.
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