From the NY Post:
They look like potholes. They eat cars like potholes.
But, in an amazing display of bureaucracy at its most annoying, officials say they can’t fix them -- because they’re wholly different holes.
Nearly a month after a former city official e-mailed 311 to report a pair of “potholes” on a busy Brooklyn street, the gaping craters are still there -- after the Department of Transportation determined they’re another type of “street defect.”
City inspectors came up with this important distinction during a painstaking, taxpayer-funded inspection of the two holes, which are about 40 feet apart on Flatlands Avenue near East 38th Street in Marine Park, according to the agency’s bizarre e-mail response.
“This is what gives government bureaucracy a bad name,” said former Taxi & Limousine Commissioner Fidel Del Valle. who reported the holes.
“It’s something that’s obvious, has an obvious solution, and they’re being officious.”
He’d e-mailed 311 shortly after spotting the holes -- which he described as “monster-movie-type-big” -- while driving near his house last month.
In the absurdly pedantic response, the DOT instructs him to go to its Web site for a primer on different types of “street defects.”