Like a vengeful Old Testament god concerned solely with municipal regulations, the parking ban cometh.
And the parking ban taketh away.
An unidentified, half-naked and angry Old Town resident, seen in the video below, was perhaps this morning's most memorable reminder of the city's annual Winter parking regulations, which took effect at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning.
"They're heartless," said the man, who was standing in the still-dark morning wearing nothing but grey shorts and a pair of black socks. As he spoke, a city worker tied hauling chains to the man's bright red sedan.
"I even told him, I'm like listen, I'm not doing very good in this economy. Please have the decency, as a citizen."
But the man's pleas fell on deaf ears.
The winter parking ban is enforced Dec. 1 through April 1 from 3 a.m. to 7 a.m., or when there's at least two inches of snow on the ground. The city says 234 cars were towed on the first morning.
A compassionate Mayor Richard Daley said motorists shouldn't be surprised.
"We can't say, 'Well today, maybe, not tomorrow.' It's the best way. The major thoroughfares have to be cleared. If they're not clear, you run into major problems. And the first problem would be, 'Mayor Daley, why did you screw up?" he said.
Beware the parking ban, citizens.
And beware half-naked angry men walking home from work.