The other day I was in the Third Ward and pulled into an angle parking spot on Broadway.
I got out of my car and looked one way, then the other. And I couldn't find the damn machine to pay for my parking spot. There were too many cars in the way.
So I picked one direction and walked to the end, and discovered (ta da!) no machine. I turned around and trudged the other way and finally found the machine at the spot furthest away from where I was going to go.
I know somebody sold the city on how economical those meters with numbers and the machines were going to be. I know that somebody has all kinds of statistics and numbers that will prove how wonderful they are.
But as far as I'm concerned they should take the person who decided to get these stupid things and park him or her somewhere where time on the meter is running out.
I'm so glad you're capturing the grumpy old man angle OMC. I can't wait to see what Dave whines about next week.
You know what sucks even more? Walking from store-to-store and person-to-person to find some damn coins to put in the meter. And at the rates they charge for meters, better hope the person has a pocket full of coins they are willing to part with. During all that running around, you probably got a ticket anyways.
Last year, I parked my car at one of the spots by Spin ping pong bar in Milwaukee, and walked to the nearest parking meter. I paid the meter, and it took me a few minutes to get back to my car, and already- there was a parking checker in the process of writing a ticket! I had to frantically explain to him that I had just paid for the spot - sometimes, I believe that they cannot cancel a ticket after it has been written. He checked his system again, and my receipt (Good thing I always get a receipt!) and then moved on to the next sucker.
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