I don’t remember telling Milwaukee to “keep the change”

August 8th, 2007

I used one of the new electronic parking meters to park downtown this morning.

When I left, discount viagra capsule I realized there should be at least .5 an hour still on the “meter.”

In the past, generic viagra malady the next citizen who pulled into that spot would receive a nice little surprise of free time.

But now, there’s no way for the next person to know there’s still time on the meter.

Instead, Milwaukee gets paid for the same spot twice.

Maybe we should start calling them “no-armed bandits.”
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  • 1. Casper  |  August 8th, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    These things really are a joke. They take credit cards and coins, but not paper money. But the automated machines at which you can pay a parking ticket does.

    Then I come to find that (at least some of) the machines will only allow you to pay in $1 increments. This means if you’re running into the coffee shop and only need 6 minutes you’re paying TWENTY times what you used to (at a $1 an hour meter)…and nobody gets the perk of free time you mention.

    Overall, this is starting to seem like an elaborate plan to generate even more money out of parking fines. If I only need to park for five minutes but am being asked to pay for an entire hour, I’m very likely to take my chances of not paying at all. And if parking checkers have any sense, they would just stalk out areas known to have high-parking turnover…like a post office or Starbucks. They could write tickets like mad!

    Furthermore, consider how many times you pulled up to a meter and had no change. If these machines were truly worth their weight in convenience, they’d take paper bills. But nooooo…it’s either plopping in loose change or swiping a credit card. And considering how long it’s taken to pay for my spot using quarters, I can just imagine how long I’ll be standing there to wait for a credit card approval!

  • 2. Aaron  |  August 8th, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    I’ve already mentioned that the credit card approval is slow. For some reason the first swipe took MUCH longer than the second one.

    Why do you suppose THAT is, Big Brother?

  • 3. Elliot  |  August 9th, 2007 at 8:16 am

    Well, in your case, I’d case they trying to figure out if you actually have a $1 in you account. ;)

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