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Datafile Name: Parking Meter Theft
Datafile Subjects: Government , Miscellaneous
Story Names: Parking Meter Theft
Reference: M.O. Finkelstein and B. Levin, Statistics for Lawyers, Springer-Verlag, 1990, 37-41..

Authorization: free use
Description: In May, 1978, Brink's Inc. was awarded a contract to collect coins from some 70,000 parking meters in New York City for delivery to the City Department of Finance. Sometime later the City became suspicious that not all of the money collected was being returned to the city. In April of 1978 five Brink's collectors were arrested and charged with grand larceny. They were subsequently con- victed. The city sued Brink's for negligent supervision of its employees, seeking to recover the amount stolen. As the fact of theft had been established, a reason- able estimate of the amount stolen was acceptable to the judge. The data below was provided by the City's attorney.
Number of cases: 47
Variable Names:
  1. TIME: Months, May 1977 (1) to March 1981 (23)
  2. CON: Monthly collections by contractors ($)
  3. CITY: Monthly collections from 47 meters near city hall made by city workers
  4. BRINK: Months when contracting collector was Brink (1) or other (0)
The Data:
TIME	    CON            CITY   BRINK

1	2224277	6729	0
2	1892672	5751	0
3	1468074	6711	0
4	1618966	7069	0
5	1509195	7134	0
6	1511014	5954	0
7	1506977	5447	0
8	1520443	6558	0
9	1070936	5222	0
10	79419 1	4150	0
11	1602841	6765	0
12	1246483	6681	0
13	1330143	7016	1
14	1525370	7440	1
15	1312257	6264	1
16	1494717	7337	1
17	1385822	7271	1
18	1557598	6694	1
19	1469066	5795	1
20	1547011	7105	1
21	1565671	6613	1
22	1124576	5258	1
23	1773806	7664	1
24	1652490	6716	1
25	1744558	7614	1
26	1678286	7652	1
27	1636597	7513	1
28	1738847	7862	1
29	1576383	6543	1
30	1846508	6855	1
31	1746899	7182	1
32	1685611	6830	1
33	1794467	6552	1
34	1695017	7318	1
35	1671626	6679	1
36	1566107	6637	1
37	1972964	7912	0
38	1934369	7319	0
39	1881303	7803	0
40	1733339	8126	0
41	1825021	7489	0
42	1918247	7986	0
43	1664116	6020	0
44	1941848	6442	0
45	1619657	7937	0
46	1648605	6685	0
47	1837134	7470	0