Good news for the terminally change-less

Oh la la. The Chronicle talks about new solar-powered credit-card-accepting parking meters that are being tested Downtown.

I have a hate-hate relationship with parking attendants/meter maids, mostly because I am incapable of keeping any kind of physical money on my person. Damn your tickets, your disapproving glances and your tire chalk!!!

So I’m thinking these new meters are a good idea – but I can only imagine how much more expensive they’ll be….. thoughts?

3 Comments so far

  1. Eric (unregistered) on April 12th, 2005 @ 6:01 pm

    Each demonstration meter is connected to the Internet via a wireless network. That will allow the meters to instantly process credit card transactions. Lewis said a critical piece of the evaluation will be how well each vendor’s network performs.

    Does anyone else see the potential here for some illicit computer-security-type activities? Some black-hatter (and I’m not talking a Chasidic Jew) will take it upon themselves to have a little fun, I just know it. heh.


  2. Dune Patten (unregistered) on April 13th, 2005 @ 12:33 am

    I am in agreement with Eric. I think that there is potential for heavy ‘excuse-abuse’ on those meters. The city already makes a ton of revenue off ticketing for faulty meters [that they say they will check, but how many do they actually give amnesty for???…nada]. Recently, I got taken off the metro-rail for supposedly ‘scamming fare’ when in fact I had a valid ticket, or so I thought. I paid a two-dollar fare FOR A ‘DAY PASS’. However, the date on the ticket was for ONE-DAY [as in a few hours, not a full 24-hours]; never mind the fact that the price on the ticket was two-dollars. The police officer proceeded to give me a ticket anyway, no matter how logical/rational/deductive my statements were; made me late for an appointment; and then had the nerve to check my ticket again after having to buy another ticket and wait for another train. Not only that, but the kook gave me a yellow slip saying that if I paid for it within 30 days then I would only have to pay $75 [by going to some facility termed ‘Crime/Theft Department- so the incenuation is that I’m a criminal now…for what..two-bucks??!!!] instead of $200; yeah, thanks Barney!!! Yeah, my lawyer and I’ll see you in court and have a field day….though, totally an incovenience!!!

    So, yeah, I think those ‘solar-powered meters’ are going to end up being money-cows like the rest of them.

    I think I just received inspiration for a performance piece…hmmmmmmmmm

    Dune Patten


  3. Dune Patten (unregistered) on April 13th, 2005 @ 12:35 am

    I am in agreement with Eric. I think that there is potential for heavy ‘excuse-abuse’ on those meters. The city already makes a ton of revenue off ticketing for faulty meters [that they say they will check, but how many do they actually give amnesty for???…nada]. Recently, I got taken off the metro-rail for supposedly ‘scamming fare’ when in fact I had a valid ticket, or so I thought. I paid a two-dollar fare FOR A ‘DAY PASS’. However, the date on the ticket was for ONE-DAY [as in a few hours, not a full 24-hours]; never mind the fact that the price on the ticket was two-dollars. The police officer proceeded to give me a ticket anyway, no matter how logical/rational/deductive my statements were; made me late for an appointment; and then had the nerve to check my ticket again after having to buy another ticket and wait for another train. Not only that, but the kook gave me a yellow slip saying that if I paid for it within 30 days then I would only have to pay $75 [by going to some facility termed ‘Crime/Theft Department- so the insenuation is that I’m a criminal now…for what..two-bucks??!!!] instead of $200; yeah, thanks Barney!!! Yeah, my lawyer and I’ll see you in court and have a field day….though, totally an incovenience!!!

    So, yeah, I think those ‘solar-powered meters’ are going to end up being money-cows like the rest of them.

    I think I just received inspiration for a performance piece…hmmmmmmmmm

    Dune Patten



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