The Barnacle, An Alternative To Parking Enforcement Tire Boots

September 26, 2016

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This is the Barnacle, a parking enforcement alternative to tire boots. It attaches to any windshield with two powerful suction cups and forces a person with too many unpaid parking tickets to drive with their head out the window. I'm cool with that.

Violators can pay over the phone and receive the code to unlock the Barnacle, rather than needing someone to come unlock a boot or similar device.


If a car with a Barnacle needs to be towed, it can be done without removing the Barnacle first. The Barnacle was designed to make the entire parking violation process easier for both the offender and the people installing the Barnacle and issuing fines.

"Violators can pay over the phone and receive the code to unlock the Barnacle?" Then what? Can you just toss it in the road? Can you sell it on eBay to recoup some of the money you just spent on parking tickets? Do I have to take it somewhere? I bet you have to drop it off somewhere or they charge you for the cost of a Barnacle. Parking enforcement is such a racket. One time I got my car towed for parking in an 'undesignated' parking spot. Sidewalks don't even have spots!

Keep going for a couple more shots including one of a guy about to open a used Barnacle store.

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Thanks to Stephanie B, who agrees the key to avoiding parking tickets is driving a monster truck so tall the parking enforcer can't reach your windshield.

  • Fuck that guy!? You're supposed to use your big brain for good not evil pal >;(

  • Jim Thompson

    Use a thin steel strip from HomeD sharpen one end so that you can get under the suction cup... not really that difficult. Keep the strip to 3/8th width and grind or file a point area about an inch long and 1/8 inch wide. Smooth all edges so you don't scratch the windshield. God forbid you had an emergency and couldn't drive.

  • charlie468

    Drill two small holes into the suction cups.

  • Déemt

    Laser pointer 2w is enough to release:)

  • whacko

    I feel like a bent coat hanger, or one of those slim-jim devices used to unlock car doors would easily be able to be used to break the seal on the suction cups o this thing.

  • DC Madman

    Will they clean my windshield first?

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    The kind of gits who don't bother to find a parking space are the same kind who would drive miles leaning out their window to avoid a parking fine.

  • MustacheHam

    In some way, this reminds me of a face hugger.

  • El_MUERkO

    my insurance covers windscreen replacements, so in theory i could break my windscreen taking the thing off, get autoglass to repair it and get a free... yellow thing

  • WhiteEagle2

    You could just make it a habit of parking with your windshield wipers halfway up the windshield.

  • Amin Vasquez

    You know wipers have hinges to bend backwards, right? You just can bend them and install the thing.

  • Brian

    There are plenty of cars where you have to open the hood first before bending wipers. I had a Volkswagen where you could've lifted the wipers only half an inch with the hood down.

  • ''William Frank Moffatt''

    Not on Landrovers, LOL

  • Aaron M

    If you own a Landrover a barnacle is the last thing you should be worrying about.

  • Bender Rodriguez Senior

    What if you punch it a hole with a drill?

  • ''William Frank Moffatt''

    Those small squares in the middle with 4 "coach" bolts looks like it is reinforced, But the coat hanger thing might work, I have a long stem tool with a blade at the end and a can of Q20 in my car, it looks like it would be easy to get rid of, using that only,

  • Patrick

    Hey BOB! GRAB THE COAT HANGER!

  • Synthstatic

    "Then what?"

    Easy. It flaps its wings and flies away.

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    A reason to never clean your windshield again

  • ToyBoxofGuns

    Oh no, suction cup technology!!!!

    If only here was a way to remove suction cups, or roll down the window to drive...

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