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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Robin Hood on Wheels...

It is like a community of Robin Hoods out there, rising against excessive car parking charges...

I love giving people my unspent parking ticket! Such a warm feeling when you manage to find someone else to pass it on to.

The other day, I was in the local hospital for no more than 10 minutes. Two bloody pounds!!!

I saw a guy fumbling for change at the meter. I nearly pounced on him before he put his money into the slot...
I apologised for giving him a terrible fright but he calmed down as I told him not to waste his money buying a ticket. I had at least two and a half hours left on mine.

As he followed me to my car, a guy emerged from between two parked cars and offered him his ticket...
I felt utterly cheated!

My unspent ticket ended up in the bin...

This post was inspired by Brian.



Blogger andrea said...

I sure could've used you or the guy in Brian's post when I was downtown yesterday! My abuse was righted, though, when I drove onto tourist-choked but federal govt. operated Granville Island (i.e. free parking on the streets) and FOUND A PARKING SPOT immediately. Isn't it sad what gives us pleasure?

27/7/06 4:01 PM  
Blogger Geena said...

You should have put your ticket on the pay meter and weighted it with a pebble. That's what I do.

Never mind - it's the thought that counts..not that the Town Council would agree....

27/7/06 5:05 PM  
Blogger Kingston Girl said...

I love things like that happening - it gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling!

27/7/06 6:27 PM  
Blogger Ale said...

uuuuhhhh!!!! you should have waited for the next person trying to park... or put your ticket on top of teh ticket machine.. or however it works over there.

27/7/06 7:26 PM  
Blogger Cherrypie said...

I always try and do that. I've even been known to wait 10 minutes longer than necessary just to pass my ticket onto the next person, especially in hospital car parks.

Nobody has ever done the same to me but I live in hope that one day, when I find myself completely without change, I might happen into the same car park that you are just about to vacate x

27/7/06 7:41 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Wow, 10 mins. cost 2 pounds. No wonder you didn't want the rest of the ticket go to waste.

I know someone who got fired from working in the parking lot [somewhere in England] because she used to feel sorry for people and let them stay over their time.

27/7/06 9:30 PM  
Blogger DCveR said...

I usually pay some ten minutes less than the time I need to park. They can't give you a fine on the spot, they have to give you a warning ticket when the time expires and then they have to wait 15 minutes before writing down the fine.
Although in some occasions I've had unspent parking time I managed to give the ticket to someone else too.

27/7/06 9:51 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Andrea, one of my greatest achievements in life is always finding a parking space without a problem. And I am very lucky in that respect!

Geena, I will have to carry a few pebbles with me or maybe a little bit of bluetack!!!Thanks for the suggestion!

KG, it's like when you give way when you don't really need to! That too gives you a warm feeling especially when the other person acknowledges your gesture! Otherwise, it's: "You ignorant bugger!!!"

Ale, so what happens in the US?

Cherrybabe, I'd be delighted to wait for you with my ticket but TEN minutes! Come on! x

Gigi, I once saw a program about them bloodhounds (parking attendants!) They have targets to achieve! So many contraventions or else they're fired!

DC, I never chance it, especially in city centres! I always put at least an extra half an hour just in case!
But in hospital car parks nowadays, it is a flat fee for two hours whether you like it or not!
That's why people play Robin Hoods!

27/7/06 10:14 PM  
Blogger Viking054 said...

I think the more disappointing part is that if you'd arrived 10 minutes later, you would have gotten that free ticket!

28/7/06 2:00 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Good Karma. At our grocery store you have to deposit a quarter into the shopping cart to remove it from the others. I always leave my cart for the next person instead of getting my change back. If everyone did these small acts of kindness on a regular basis, the world would be a much brighter place.

I thought of Brians post the entire time!

Have a wonderful weekend, Cream!

28/7/06 6:34 AM  
Blogger Shyha said...

Traitor (this guy who took the other guy's ticket) !!!

I've seen such situation:
I was going homy by bus. The guy who was riding the same bus went out on one stop, gave his ticket to one guy entering the bus. The second guy was very stumped. He took a ticket but it looked like he don't know what's going on. He entered the bus, shown his ID and said: 'ticket control' :)

28/7/06 8:11 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Viking, I thought you'd have a funny take on this! The only thing is that I am a very punctual guy!

Christine, acts of kindness that cost a quarter, I don't know how many people would be prepared to do them! Actually, in the UK it's ONE POUND for trolleys!
You too have yourself a great weekend!

Shyha, that was hilarious! Really funny! It could be a comedy sketch!

28/7/06 9:34 AM  
Blogger Dizzy said...

I too do things like that. I have stuck my used ticket (with time left on it) back on the meter.

It’s so nice to hear that others do nice things as I haven't met many that do. You know, you are a really great bunch, you have cheered me up.

Last week I passed two middle aged (! – 50 to 60 ish) ladies standing on the pavement along side their car, one was on crutches. I stopped to ask if they needed help, they said no that their mother (!) had gone to get help. They thanked me profusely for stopping to help as I had been the only one who had. You know I cried on my way home, it upset me that so many people ignored these ladies. What a sad place we live.

So reading this today has renewed my hope in people.

28/7/06 6:33 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

LOL I said it was a small act of kindness.

28/7/06 6:49 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

Sometimes when I'm walking down the street with change in my pocket I feed the expired meters as I go. Once when I was about 15 I saw a meter maid and ran ahead of her down the street, feeding meters. She was so angry she threatened to give me a ticket!

28/7/06 8:39 PM  
Blogger Rosa said...

Haha, Hilliarious! Good for you! I'm the same way, out to help where and when I can. Cheers to the Robin Hoods of the world!

29/7/06 12:00 AM  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

That's fantastic. I would have felt a little cheated though. Too many merry men does make for a swell time in the tub, however. Rub a dub, dub. :)

29/7/06 6:40 AM  
Blogger cream said...

Dizzy, it is sad that the majority people nowadays just don't have the time or the inclination to go out of their way to help out. But as everyone has said, the little acts of kindness usually renew our faith in mankind!

Christine, you did indeedy!!!

Hayden,, that IS wicked!!! Really funny! Give you a ticket for being kind??

Welcome, Rosa! We should indeed start a bank with the unspent parking minutes... We're on a winner!

Brian, thanks for inspiring this post! Hahaha!

29/7/06 9:40 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Down with parking meters and tickets!

30/7/06 2:07 PM  

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