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Good riddance. A parking app that promised to make its owners money, while making everyone else miserable, has heeded a cease-and-desist letter.

A controversial app that allows drivers to sit in coveted public parking spaces and then sell them off to the highest bidder is shutting its service in response to a biting cease-and-desist letter from the City of San Francisco.

“We are currently reviewing our service to clarify our value proposition and avoid any future misunderstandings,” wrote the people behind MonkeyParking in a blog post published on Wednesday.

The news will come as a relief to critics of “jerk tech,” a new phrase that describes the glut of startups that seek to cash in by “disrupting” a public service or social norm, and short-change everyone else in the process.

The makers of apps like MonkeyParking typically try to defend their products with a patina of free-market rhetoric but, as I’ve argued before, such services are not like Uber or AirBnb, which increase and better distribute the supply of a given services. Instead, as one wag on HackerNews noted, “it’s as if AirBnb were paying people to burn down hotels.”

  1. JenniferDawn Friday, July 11, 2014

    “it’s as if AirBnb were paying people to burn down hotels.”

    ArsonApp, coming to an Apple store near you!!

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