Parking meters are EVIL

3/2/2009:

Have you ever parked in a Hoboken parking spot and the meter says “FAIL?” Only to get back to your car to find it working again, and a parking summons on your windshield?

Well, according to NBC Washington…

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Parking Meters out to destroy human race

Meters pretend to be broken then ‘self-correct’ to give you tickets

“Tip to D.C. motorists: if a city parking meter appears to be broken when you need to use it, you mustn’t *assume* that this means you get to park for free. Instead, you should get in your car and drive as far away from the District as possible, because that parking meter is trying to destroy you.

According to D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) officials, a record 116,354 “grievance calls” were placed in 2008 from people complaining about broken parking meters.

DDOT officials added, however, that the crews dispatched to fix “broken meters” found them working fine 67 percent of the time.

Setting aside the obvious number of people who made up the “Uh, uh, it was broken” excuse to get out of paying their tickets, what’s to account for non-liars’ stories?

Oh, just a Robot War, that’s all:

How is this possible? One explanation, according to DDOT, is that 74 percent of D.C.’s 15,453 meters are designed to self-correct, but are also “at the end of their useful life.” So a person who parks at a meter displaying a “fail” message may return an hour later to find a working meter flashing zero time and a ticket on the windshield — a process that may repeat several times a day.

“It was a news flash to me that we had this huge number of meters that are self-repairing,” Ward 1 Councilman Jim Graham, chairman of the public works committee, said Thursday.

Just in case you missed that, the “chairman of the public works committee” had no idea that our parking meters are built with minds of their own and feign death only to steal your money later.

Is it too late to stop the Machines?”

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15 Comments on "Parking meters are EVIL"

TACOMA
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TACOMA

[quote comment=”139974″][quote comment=”139893″]I used the new system they’ve installed around Manhattan for the first time, and it was very easy and seemed to work well. Instead of meters up and down the block, there’s one box in the middle of the block. You park, go to the box, pay for however many minutes/hours you think you’ll use (cash or credit), then put the receipt on your dashboard. The expiration time is displayed pretty prominently. Just food for thought.[/quote]

There’s another type of system like that, where you don’t even need to go back to your car with a receipt for the window. You just punch in your parking spot # and put in your credit card. They use these now in Point Pleasant Beach and some parking garages.[/quote]
Good idea!!

TACOMA
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TACOMA

[quote comment=”139971″][quote]I used this system and it has flaws. The ticket machines run out of receipts constantly. I complained to the meter reader and he told me it happens all the time and he took my plate# down and said don’t worry about it. Well i came back 15min later with a 65 dollar ticket on my car. I have the credit card receipt but who wants to waste a day in the ny court systems.[/quote]

Every system has it’s flaws, but at least with a MUNI-type system, there’s less likeliehood of theft, less for the city to maintain and we can fit more cars per block.[/quote]
All you need is one bozo to park 6 feet from the intersection taking up a half of space and there goes the theory of fitting more cars per block.

TACOMA
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TACOMA

[quote comment=”139971″][quote]I used this system and it has flaws. The ticket machines run out of receipts constantly. I complained to the meter reader and he told me it happens all the time and he took my plate# down and said don’t worry about it. Well i came back 15min later with a 65 dollar ticket on my car. I have the credit card receipt but who wants to waste a day in the ny court systems.[/quote]

Every system has it’s flaws, but at least with a MUNI-type system, there’s less likeliehood of theft, less for the city to maintain and we can fit more cars per block.[/quote]
What about the city not filling the receipt bin purposely to create more revenue?. With the cronies in this town they will rip us off. You still have to empty the box at the end of the day it accepts dollars quarters and credit cards. Although it is a good idea there are probably more flaws then you think.

homeworld
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[quote comment=”139893″]I used the new system they’ve installed around Manhattan for the first time, and it was very easy and seemed to work well. Instead of meters up and down the block, there’s one box in the middle of the block. You park, go to the box, pay for however many minutes/hours you think you’ll use (cash or credit), then put the receipt on your dashboard. The expiration time is displayed pretty prominently. Just food for thought.[/quote]

There’s another type of system like that, where you don’t even need to go back to your car with a receipt for the window. You just punch in your parking spot # and put in your credit card. They use these now in Point Pleasant Beach and some parking garages.

dunotar
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dunotar

[quote]I used this system and it has flaws. The ticket machines run out of receipts constantly. I complained to the meter reader and he told me it happens all the time and he took my plate# down and said don’t worry about it. Well i came back 15min later with a 65 dollar ticket on my car. I have the credit card receipt but who wants to waste a day in the ny court systems.[/quote]

Every system has it’s flaws, but at least with a MUNI-type system, there’s less likeliehood of theft, less for the city to maintain and we can fit more cars per block.

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