There are few shows that I can say they speak to me and they are a reality based show, Parking Wars speaks to me because of the 2 and a half years I worked for a San Diego based parking company. And every time I see someone arguing with a PPA officer over meter times, tickets, boots, and so on I can’t help but laugh because it’s the over the top and angry fights they try to intimidate the officers with.
Parking Wars has an entertainment value for the simple reason of the raw personalities that show up in the show, also the good hard working people of the PPA all try their best to help out people whenever possible. The show can start off slow with someone just trying to explain who they are and why they love their job and suddenly they will issue a ticket or boot a car and all hell will break lose when the owner comes running up.
The show is full of character and charm with the employees just doing their day to day duties, the more popular employees on the show are Garfield and Sherry they boot cars together and for the most part don’t get to many people trying to give them trouble and when they do they try their hardest to keep them calm. But then when the show started to also cover Detroit we were introduced to employees like PonyTail and the rest of Detroit’s finest and they take it to a whole new level, more and more of the confrontations in the show come from their section of the show. So it’s always interesting to see the way people try and talk their way out of whatever predicament they might find themselves in.
The show is broken into ticketing, booting, towing, and the PPA impound lot, the show is unpredictable because of the level of stress people are encountered in and how much money they may have to pay just to get their vehicles back from the impound. From the point of view of a former Parking Lot employee and a returns desk retail employee I can relate a lot to how they can be misstated and yelled at for just doing their jobs, but I find it satisfying to see that if the citizens go to far they will be arrested something that sadly was never the case for me at many of my jobs no matter how badly I was verbally of psychically abused by a customer, so it’s almost entertaining therapy for me. Because if there is one thing that is universally hated by people everywhere is paying for parking spots and having your car towed away, so this show just makes you feel good if you are not the kind of person who racks up enough tickets to get booted and towed.
The only downside to the show is that it almost seems like the majority of the people getting in trouble are from the black community and the aka ghetto, not I am not sure if this editing on behalf of the producers or it just happens to be the fact of the larger population in the two states, either way it can get somewhat tired to see the level of ignorance that is displayed by some of the people in the show, and last but not least toward the end of the fourth season episodes started to repeat themselves and attempted to be passed off as new ones, for example episodes 11 and 13 in season 4 are the same one. Overall I recommend the series simply for the entertainment value of raw personalities and the excuses that are always entertaining to see.