MonkeyParking is the rare kind of app that forced San Francisco's tech-teeming citizenry to throw up their hands and say "enough." The illegal app was chased out of town by the City Attorney after residents and politicians alike objected to a startup auctioning off public street parking to the highest bidder. Now the petulant programmers behind MonkeyParking are trying the business out again in Los Angeles.
Silicon Valley's "sharing economy" startups are known for skirting the law, but now they're blatantly violating it. Days after San Francisco's City Attorney asked Apple to ban three "predatory" parking apps from the App Store, MonkeyParking is refusing to shut down, claiming auction off public parking is "free speech."