What will those smarty-pants up in Cambridge think of next? First they founded a couple of good schools*, then they invented rowing**, and now the Cambridge Police Department are printing stress-reducing yoga instructions on the back of parking tickets.
"It's trying to debunk the idea that all parking tickets are a hostile action," said Cambridge's transportation chief, which, as anyone who's ever driven in the Greater Boston Area knows, must be a stressful job in and of itself.
But CBS News reports that some Cambridge residents are still unhappy:
I don't think it's working," Hyunho Noh, 29, of Cambridge told the [Boston] Herald Monday, upon paying a $25 ticket featuring the "citation salutation"; that's a play on yoga's Sun Salutation. "I don't like it," said Noh.
I think I'd have to agree with the humorless Mr. Noh. Maybe a better solution would be to include a voucher for one free beer, which seemed to work fine when the Cambridge Police Department gave Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. something to be stressed about. Or, better yet, perhaps they should just include instructions on how to use the T.
*Fine, really good schools.
**Well, not really, but they sure act like it.