Provo Booting: Parking Enforcement or Moral Police?
[A note from Mason: Please be aware that this article was submitted by a reader--tyler durden in this particular case--and doesn't represent my stand on the booting issue. I just don't want all of you Daily Universe readers getting confused. For more on my personal take on booting see this story.]
After reading an opinion editorial on the Daily Universe and writing a subsequent letter to the editor (which I felt was much better than 2/3 the stupidity they print), I came across an idea that i wanted to toss around.
Most justifications of the oppressive booting policies embraced by Provo apartments attempt to defend the booters by stating that 'they are doing us a favor.' Are they really doing any of us a favor? I say no. For the most part, booting is not a matter of parking enforcement, but is rather another method utilized by BYU-approved apartments to enforce the Honor Code. In other words, Provo booters are not parking enforcers, they are moral police.
My experience with booters come primarily from two apartment complexes: Crestwood and Raintree (where I unfortunately still live).The parking at Crestwood is wonderful. Because of the great parking space to resident ratio, there were always parking spaces available not too far away my apartment. Raintree is the total opposite. While there are enough parking spaces for all of the residents (and some), most of these are on the complete opposite side of the complex, several minutes away from my apartment. This extra parking lot is long, dark, and prone to theft. (My brother had his rear window smashed and his stereo stolen in this lot).
While the parking situations are drastically different, they both back up my opinion that booters are not used to enforce parking, but are used to enforce the Honor Code. At Crestwood, there is no need for parking enforcement; especially in the summer. Nobody cares about a non-Crestwood guest using up a parking space, we'll just park in the space next to them. At Raintree, parking is terrible by 8pm and gets no different as the night goes on. Unless, you are lucky and come upon somebody leaving their spot, you are pretty much screwed and have to park out in the boonies. Yet, 'parking enforcement' does not begin until 12am - when most of the tenants have already parked and no extra spaces are needed!
As we see, at Crestwood, parking enforcement is not needed, but booting occurs. At Raintree, parking enforcement may be needed, but not when it occurs. What do they both have in common? For both apartment complexes (as is the case with many complexes in Provo), parking enforcement begins at the same time the Honor Code states that guests of the opposite sex must be out of apartments. It seems pretty clear why these complexes have booting policies.
Though I disagree with many of the pharisaic aspects of the Honor Code, I made the mistake of moving into another BYU-approved complex and promised to obey it. I can't then complain about having to live the Honor Code. However, should I be financially punished for a system implemented to police the Honor Code? I say no.