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
3 years 10 months ago

I use my credit card on these meters pretty often. I am not sure where you are getting your info from but I don’t get charged then $2.00. I just double checked my credit card statement and the correct amounts were charged (anywhere from 0.25-2.00). It can be easy to hit the Max Time button if you’re not paying attention and that will charge you $2.00 and print your receipt.

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HudsonGuy
3 years 10 months ago

I have been charged the $2 when I just wanted 15 minutes of time, but I would chalk that up to the machines not being very easy to navigate. I hit a wrong button and the next thing I know I am being charged $2 to park for 15 minutes. The machines are a piece of crap.[quote comment=”214654″]I use my credit card on these meters pretty often. I am not sure where you are getting your info from but I don’t get charged then $2.00. I just double checked my credit card statement and the correct amounts were charged (anywhere… Read more »

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3 years 10 months ago

Being charged $2.00 because the machine is “hard” to navigate is different than the scam described above. [quote comment=”214655″]I have been charged the $2 when I just wanted 15 minutes of time, but I would chalk that up to the machines not being very easy to navigate. I hit a wrong button and the next thing I know I am being charged $2 to park for 15 minutes. The machines are a piece of crap.[/quote]

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foxymophandlemama
3 years 10 months ago

Agreed. I’ve paid with my credit card for less than $2.00 multiple times with no problem. Just have to put in the correct amount, not very difficult. These machines are much better than the old quarter meters. If you can’t figure out how to use the machine maybe it’s best you stay off the road completely. [quote comment=”214654″]I use my credit card on these meters pretty often. I am not sure where you are getting your info from but I don’t get charged then $2.00. I just double checked my credit card statement and the correct amounts were charged (anywhere… Read more »

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3 years 10 months ago

Oh please. Like anyone in this town would EVER pay for 10-15min of parking? They’d rather double, triple, etc. park before taking the time or making the effort to actually park, let alone pay for the privilege.

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ohnoivotedforher
3 years 10 months ago

I usually go against the Zimmer regime, but in this case it’s user error. You can still sue though

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showme789
3 years 10 months ago

I got hit with the $2.00 charge twice last week. It seems that this is a new addition to the way they steal from us. I did everything the way I always do with the machine and when the charge was “authorized” it was for $2.00 even though I only put in for 30 minutes. Something is wrong, but it just started a few days ago. I called the parking utility and was told that now $2.00 is the minimum charge you can put on a card. So the story is indeed correct and something needs to be done to… Read more »

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3 years 10 months ago

I used a machine on 7th and Washington this morning. I was able to chose 50 cents, I got a receipt for 50 cents, and I just checked my credit card activity, and I was charged 50 cents. Seems you are another person that finds the machine “hard” to navigate.[quote comment=”214671″]I got hit with the $2.00 charge twice last week. It seems that this is a new addition to the way they steal from us. I did everything the way I always do with the machine and when the charge was “authorized” it was for $2.00 even though I only… Read more »

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timetes
3 years 10 months ago

no problems with the system here, i love it…..the best part of this is if the meter isn’t working you can just go to another meter across the street and get a receipt there. The meter along the W hotel on river has been out of service for over a month…. also the new system is so accurate because the receipt is in your car. With the old meters …….id put a quarter in and within 5 min it was blinking showing money was needed, those old meters were so inaccurate, it reminded me of using quartered washing machines…..constant rip… Read more »

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