I recently parked on Fifth Avenue, close to the excellent Barb’s Used Book and Music Sale in the former Value Village building downtown.
I’ve had experience with our parking machines, so I confidently followed the instructions and fed the meter $1.25.
I then pocketed my receipt and sashayed away to spend a pleasant 50 minutes or so at the sale.
When I returned to my vehicle, pleased with my purchases, I saw a parking violation notice on my windshield.
It claimed I had paid only 25 cents. So what happened to the dollar I had also deposited?
Though I was upset about the fine, I paid it. What would be the point of phoning or filling out a dispute form since I couldn’t prove I had thrown that loonie into the machine?
It was a lesson learned — take a good look at your parking receipt before sashaying away.