'Barnacle' is clamped onto windshield and blocks view for drivers with several parking violations

Mail Online | 1/17/2020 | Mary Kekatos For Dailymail.com
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A controversial new, high-tech device is being used to catch parking violators and sparking outrage over outrageous fines.

The plastic tool is called the Barnacle and it works by clamping onto the windshield of cars, blocking the driver's view and making it impossible to remove.

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Once drivers pay a deposit and a fine, they receive a code that releases the device from the glass.

One University of Houston claimed she paid more than $900 to get the tool removed from her car.

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The Barnacle has been employed at several universities, and even in a few towns across the US, but young student drivers in particular say their universities don't have enough spaces for them to park, causing tickets to add up.

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BARNACLE

WHAT IS THE BARNACLE?

Created by New York-based security firm Ideas that Stick, the Barnacle is a device used to immobilize cars that are either unregistered or have several parking violations.

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The lightweight and yellow tool attaches to the windshield of cars using too large suction cups.

As opposed to a boot that makes the car impossible to drive away, the Barnacle makes it impossible for a driver to see.

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It's been used in towns in Connecticut, Hawaii, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and at universities and hospitals.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

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When a traffic officer sees an offending car, he or she will place the Barnacle on the windshield over the driver's side.

A code is typed into the device and it latches onto the glass with 750 pounds of force making it impossible to...
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