So I thought I was hot stuff in the parkade by work. Nearly every morning I’ve been there, I had the fortune of explaining to someone how the parkade pay machine works.
Until this week. Grr. Yesterday I paid $20 dollars for parking (the maximum) for 2.5 hours. Bad cost benefit there.
And today I paid $26. The morning was fine. I arrived early enough for the $16 dollar all day special. Very reasonable for downtown. But work extended past 6 pm so I need to plug some more money.
I got to the machine at 6:03. Inserted my credit card and hit ‘time’. The display adjusted back to 6:00 and it said $5.
“Well, garsh,” I thought. “I’ve just spent $5 to get nothing.” So I hit time twice more until it said 7 and charged me $10. I printed the receipt.
While it was authorizing my card, I read the machine label. It said $5 overnight parking. “Well, garsh,” I thought, “the bloody machine isn’t programmed right. Stupid machine.”
As I’m walking back inside, I realized that when the display flipped to 6:00 it meant 6 am. I paid an extra $5 to park until 7 am. Bad cost benefit since I left at 7:30 pm. Grr.