May 24, 2012 at 4:05 PM ET
Inconsiderate parking is a universal problem. Curb-climbing SUVS,sports cars angled across the lines, double-parked delivery trucks and motorists with no personal boundaries, leaving youlittle room to get in your car, or pull out of the spot, are everywhere. Now, a Russian online newspaper isattempting to remedy the rudeness — at least in its corner of the world.
Parking Douche, an Android app developed by The Village, invites irritated Android users to upload plate numbers and photos of poorly parkedcars.
People online nearby are served with a pop-up ad on The Village news website that show which jerks have parked where, and just how egregiously they have abused the social contract.
"The data isstreamed live through an IP address, so (only) people who live or work nearthe locations where the car was parked see it," the video goes on toexplain. And, it seems, the only way the online witness can dismiss the pop-up is by sharingthe car's info on social media such as Facebook.
But the description for Parking Douche and thevideo fail to mention the Android app's major flaw: It's only available inMoscow.
"Please make it for other countries!," wrote one commenter on the app's page in the Google Play store.
OK, so there's a few Big Brother aspects that make such an appproblematic. Posting the plate and location of someone else's car on a local Web newspaper, let alone Facebook, is more thana little privacy invasive.
Then there are the harassment possibilities, as the entire goal of this product is to humiliate someone publicly. It's notclear how much due diligence this app can do, screening for proper jerks rather than just reporting the perfectly parked car ofsomeone that an app user just really wants to annoy.
Still ... wildly problematic privacy heebie jeebies aside, the applications for a viable real time shaming technology available to with a smartphone are astronomical! Think how awesome the world could be if could humiliate the world out of:
— Via Mashable