When the city of Boston acts on valet parking violations - though it seldom does - the official flogging is most often done with feathers: That blank TV screen is among the most serious penalties the city has imposed. This may explain why reporters observed wholesale violations outside restaurants in the city’s busiest restaurant districts between September and November. On some weekend nights in the South End and Back Bay, traffic often moves at a crawl, thanks to a long queue of empty, double-parked cars.
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