Saturday, September 20, 2014

Parking Meters


This summer the old parking meters were replaced by the most modern and sophisticated versions.
The problem is that our drivers are not all the most modern and sophisticated versions.

22 comments:

Malyss said...

Once , I saw an old lady saying "thank you" to a cash machine .It's not easy for old people to follow the run of "progress"..

Luis Gomez said...

Some of them are pretty complicated.

Kate said...

Actually the instructions are pretty clear, but sometimes we "fail" — so glad that they take charge cards. But, I suppose that will be the next thing hacked. It happened to us once, last year in Santa Fe; it was a nightmare getting it in order with a new card. Oh, bother!!

Sharon Anck said...

They can get a little tricky especially if I don't have my glasses on.

Sylvia K said...

Ah, yes!! These days I try never to leave the house without my glasses!! Hmmm the older I get, the more complicated the world gets. I do hope I haven't started saying "thank you" to cash machines yet!! Probably won't be long though!!!

William Kendall said...

We've had similar devices replace the old parking meters here.

Stefan Jansson said...

Ha ha, We have the exact same problem.

Birdman said...

Parking meters...%#*& 'em!

Mo said...

And do they have to pay with their mobile phone?

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Having only this morning got the worst of an argument with a particularly recalcitrant self-checkout facility in my local supermarket, these people have my sympathy and support. I've certainly never said "Thank you" to a machine though I've often muttered other things.

RedPat said...

A very common sight these days. It is like going to different bank machine and trying to figure it out while a line-up forms behind you!

Randy said...

We have them on the railyard and they confuse the heck out of folks. I find if you just read the prompts it works fine.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Sometimes I think they deliberately make things more complicated each time they upgrade.. Or.. It could be me getting old :)

Andy said...

Been there done that. It takes an old guy like me to get used to them.

Taken For Granted said...

Parking costs are no longer paid with pocket change as prices rises. It now takes credit cards or pay pal accounts requiring on-line connectivity.

Janet said...

I encountered a number of these "sophisticated" parking machines in various cities. The frustrating part was that they all had DIFFERENT instructions. Some you took the ticket with you; others it had to be placed on the dashboard or stuck to the inside of the passenger window (I'm not making that up). It seems that this is one thing that could be standardized (like the old parking meters!)

EG CameraGirl said...

UH OH! Something else to learn. ;))

jennyfreckles said...

I imagine that particular stance is duplicated across many of our cities. Reading the machines is not helped by wearing varifocals either!

Virginia said...

Careful Jack, you're running close behind them! :)
V

Karl Demetz said...

Vour comment made me smile, Jack !

Kay said...

We completely embarrassed ourselves in Seattle last February when we parked and walked off without paying heed to one of these units. Its human component slapped us with a $40 ticket.
You can be sure I quickly learned the ropes the next time we went to the big city...

CaT said...

ugh yes, i miss the old meters where, if lucky, there was still some time left from the previous person.
in the netherlands you have to give your licenseplate while paying. very annoying as you walk all the way to the meter and then forgot the plate...