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NMA Reporter 2009-07-10 18:13

Rackets and Backpacks
 
<b>Camera Fraud Article: Rackets and Backpacks</b><br/><br/><div class='snap_preview'><br /><p><img class="alignright size-full wp-image-2131" title="attentionwhore" src="http://camerafraud.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/attentionwhore.jpg?w=124&h=168" alt="attentionwhore" width="124" height="168" />So did you hear the one about American Traffic Solutions “generously” <a href="http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/07/07/20090707sr-backpack0708.html" target="_blank">donating</a> 63 backpacks filled with school supplies to a local charity?</p>
<p>Taking a page out of the tobacco industry’s playbook, ATS appears to be desperately trying to change the <a href="http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/07/07/20090707sr-backpack0708.html#comments" target="_blank">public perception</a> of their company’s <a href="http://thenewspaper.com/news/18/1844.asp" target="_blank">dangerous</a> and unpopular product: automated ticketing.</p>
<p>The “donation,” which we optimistically value to be worth about $2000 (at $31 a bag), is an amazing accomplishment considering the $50 million dollars Goldman Sachs pumped into the firm last fall (after being <a href="http://camerafraud.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/ats-investor-receives-bailout-money/" target="_self">bailed out</a> by the taxpayers).</p>
<p>In total, no one knows how much more money they steal nationwide while conspiring with local jurisdictions: ATS is a private company and as such is not required to report their “earnings.”</p>
<p>Traffic tickets in general are a regressive tax <a href="http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog.php?view=3736" target="_blank">according to the Campaign for Liberty</a>, hitting the poorest and disadvantaged the hardest:</p>
<blockquote><p>“A $175 fine could crush someone at the poverty level, while someone much higher on the income scale may have just spent that much on lunch.”</p></blockquote>
<p>No one’s fooled: ATS runs a racket, and a few backpacks will do little to change anyone’s perception of the firm. ATS’ <em>Cameras are Coming Down </em>as well in 2010. Perhaps they will have some leftover school bags to pack their desks with. It’s gonna get ugly.</p>
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