A rather…funny app’

Well, what would you say about having a little bit of fun today?

 I say yes, and so I will tell you the latest news I read on 01net.com.

Put a jacket on, slip into your boots, grab a dictionary and follow me. We are flying to Paris!

 Paris Police Headquarters has developed a new application! Waouuuu. Everyone gets to new technologies huh? That’s a pretty good news. Wait until you know what it is for:

Finding your car back when it’s been picked up to go to car pound.

 That’s right, you understood me perfectly, no “language misunderstanding” here.

A bit of background: in France, whenever you are not properly parked, or on a forbidden spot either:

  1. you are not lucky and Car Pound will come right away and take you car
  2. you’re on your lucky day, you will just have to pay a fine
  3. … don’t expect to get away from it, you will have to pay anyway!

Well for those who have always studied hard for good grades and are used to getting A’s… try not to get one this time. If you do, you will have the pleasure to go through the whole process of “Oh noooooo (yes, we French, are polite people and avoid any kind of rude words), where is my car??”… And then walk a few meters to check if the car, by any chance, has not parked a few meters away on its own (as if your car was magic). And then realization sets in, your beloved vehicle is now most likely on its way to car pound.

So here is how you should react:

Step 1: remain calm

Step 2: I hope there’s no Metro strike today… or you will have to walk.

Step 3: ok… well I guess you should start walking.

Previously, what people had to do, was to somehow find the car pound’s phone number. Call them, check if the car was registered, and then go get it and pay a fine (ouch!)… And in between, in most cases, call a friend for advice and to complain to.

But now…the police has developed a new application, available on the Android Market, the AppStore, and Mon Windows phone. Based on your car registration’s plate, this app indicates where you car has been brought to and what you have to do to get it back. Simple, convenient and free (but you will still have to pay the fine…).

For those who do not own a car, this app can still be useful to find information about how to declare a lost object to the Police.

I have to confess I had quite a good laugh when I first heard about it. Surely, when you come to understanding that your car received a free ride to car pound, the last thing you want to do is to talk to the protagonist.

I found it a good idea.

What do you think?


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