Parking meter credit card scam?

Is Hoboken unlawfully charging drivers who pay via credit cards?

Hoboken411 has received countless emails from residents and visitors alike – who are using the new robotic muni-meters placed throughout the city.

The big “hurrah” with these new meters was, according to the city, that you “don’t have to fumble for quarters anymore,” since the new pick-pockets meters are modern and accept credit or debit cards.

The general problem which the city failed to mention – is that if you want to just park for 15 minutes to pick up your dry cleaning or groceries, and have no quarters – you will not pay 25 cents if you pay by credit card.

The city charges you the FULL $2.00 when paying with plastic.

Is a class-action lawsuit against HPU on the horizon in Hoboken?

I’d recommend anyone who pays via credit card and gets charged the full amount DISPUTE THAT CHARGE with your credit card company. Because the fact that there is no disclosure on the meter itself – and the machine charges you at the end (you have no way of backing out).

That is deceptive and fraudulent.

In fact – God knows how many people have been charged this full amount in total since the meters were rolled out – it could be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars already – and might be worthy for a CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT.

Any hungry lawyers out there?

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19 Comments on "Parking meter credit card scam?"


Member
livestrong
1 year 7 months ago

It will not end well. The control over others will reach a boiling point. History has proven that. Time after time after time.

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YouStayCl@ssyHoboken
1 year 7 months ago

Here’s one… it was 7:35 PM on the clock and I wanted to pay for parking through 9 PM, so I inserted quarter after quarter watching the time tick up to 8:50 after 5 quarters; so one more quarter should get me paid up through the 9 PM ‘safe zone’, right? Nope! The screen showed something like ‘time exceeded’ and spit my 5 quarters back out the coin return. I could only pay for parking til 8:50. Defies logic (maybe not computer logic, but human logic).

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animal_lover
1 year 7 months ago

They are a nuisance. If a meter has to have so many words and colors and it still can’t communicate a simple procedure it needs to be removed. I was in court today where a man fed the muni meter and got a ticket. It is not like other cities where it records your position on the meter rather than having a piece of paper that you have to walk back to your car to put on the dash. Believe me on a bad day with a broken meter and having to walk to another meter ( with no assurance that meter works) and then back to your car again it is just not worth doing business in Hoboken.

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YouStayCl@ssyHoboken
1 year 7 months ago

I don’t know when they fixed it, but I’ve used the parking meters over the past two weeks and the ‘max’ amount selection now does require that you hit the green button before it processes the credit card transaction.

Member
2 years 1 month ago

There is no scam, it’s user error.

However, they should be a confirm and cancel button.