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Can I just say how offended I am at the idea that the parking meter will reset itself when a car leaves a spot? How infuriating. The person who put those coins in the meter paid for that time and if he or she chooses to leave early and let someone else park there (on their dime, as it were) that is their right. Parking meters are not there to raise revenue, but to more efficiently allocate a limited number of parking spots. This just seems so mean-spirited. Blech. bob
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That's okay... I earned a little karma the other day when I was feeding the meter - the meter maid was just pulling up and there were about 6 meters showing the little red flag so I ran up and down feeding them before she could lug her butt out to write the tickets. She asked me what I thought I was doing and I just smiled impishly and said "Well it is over 100 out here, I was just trying to save you from standing out in this heat" ...she found that less humorous than I did for some reason. Should you see my car in the violation zone please feed the meter.
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That's okay...  I earned a little karma the other day when I was feeding the meter - the meter maid was just pulling up and there were about 6 meters showing the little red flag so I ran up and down feeding them before she could lug her butt out to write the tickets. She asked me what I thought I was doing and I just smiled impishly and said "Well it is over 100 out here, I was just trying to save you from standing out in this heat" ...she found that less humorous than I did for some reason. Should you see my car in the violation zone please feed the meter.
Looks like this type of 'good Samaritanism' (if there's such a word) may well cease with some of these technologies usages.
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I recently parked outside a shopping center and had just planned to use the ATM and buy some cigarettes. 5minutes maximum. At the entrance to the parking lot there was one of those signs, popular in Sweden, that you can only stop 2 hours and you have to set a parking clock in your car to show when you came. I had my clock (really only a clock with one hand made from cardboard if anyone is not familiar) but could not be bothered to set it. I got stopped on my way from the car by an elderly gentleman and he asked me if I had set the clock. When I answered no he urged me to do so, as the (privatised) parking wardens stop by often. I ran back to the car and set the clock. On the shop's door, there acutally was a sign where customers were urged to use the clock as they will else be tickeded right away. When I returned to the car, the wardens were there in their car and getting ready to go their rounds. Now, what is the purpose of this all? The sign is there to prevent people from leaving their car on the lot all day and the clock is wery good for that. Where, then, is the justice in having the wardens stop by every half hour to check if there are any new cars arrived that have forgotten to use the clock? Those cars have obviously been there less than 2 hours and the wardens are actually the only ones (apart from the driver) who are able to verify that. Still, those are the cars that get ticketed. Privatised parking wardens on a commission is a lousy idea, if not done right....
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That's okay... I earned a little karma the other day when I was feeding the meter - the meter maid was just pulling up and there were about 6 meters showing the little red flag so I ran up and down feeding them before she could lug her butt out to write the tickets. She asked me what I thought I was doing and I just smiled impishly and said "Well it is over 100 out here, I was just trying to save you from standing out in this heat" ...she found that less humorous than I did for some reason. Should you see my car in the violation zone please feed the meter.
You are a good man Carlo. Though I have head of at least one case of someone being ticketed for paying other people's meters. How pitiful is that, eh?
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Yep, right on Carlito. I've "heard" about someone being ticketed for feeding other meters too. I sometimes feed other meters. Parking warden must at times (most of the time?) be a real sh.t job. There was a story in one of the newspapers, years ago, about a guy in New York, retired, who walked around the city with a bag of nickels feeding them into the meters as his act of civil disobedience. Once I received a ticket and the meter hadn't yet expired. Looking at the ticket, I noticed that "time" portion of the ticket was set for about 2 or 3 minutes after the meter was to have expired. This was when the meter-maids were still writing the ticks by hand. I gather that more and more cities are using the electronically-generated ticks now.
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Though I have head of at least one case of someone being ticketed for paying other people's meters.  How pitiful is that, eh?
What law does that fall under? The anti-good samaritan act? I mean how do you write a law that says you can't do something nice for someone else? What's next, a law prohibiting me from helping the elderly across the street? Can I not give tourists directions because that would prevent them from buying a map?
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