After breaking the parking meter story last week and learning that the city’s solution is “leave a note on your dashboard”, I’ve taken their advice to heart.
I’ve crafted a sign and affixed a piece of tape at the top to use in the event of a pay station failure.
Then again, since the station ripped me off last time by not dispensing a receipt, I may use it even if the pay station does work. After all, the city owes me $3.
By the way, the official explanation for the meter problem does not make sense. If the problem with the meters is a wireless signal, then how did my bank account get debited last time? The pay stations don’t have a problem with taking money, just dispensing receipts. The bank account portion of the transaction is wireless, while the ticket portion is local.
Could it be that this “wireless” issue is really just a ploy to raise revenue as I had first speculated?
P.S. King 5 claims they “broke” the story, but this is not exactly true. My article had thousands of page views in the four days before King 5 picked up the story.
Also, KING 5 is INCORRECT when they opine that the card information might be “saved on a server” and later charged. As I stated last week, I checked my bank account from my tablet computer 20 seconds after my transaction, and my account had already been debited. The debit happens immediately, and not at a later date. This would indicate that it’s probably not a wireless issue. It sounds like the blame buck is being passed.