Philadelphia Parking Authority

June 4, 2009 at 4:20 pm (4491546)

Dear Philadelphia Parking Authority:

I am on to your scam. I have heard many stories about defective parking meters and how the PPA purposely puts up defective meters to scam innocent citizens out of our money. None of the meters ever give the time allotted, but yesterday I experienced firsthand how the “defective meter” scam runs. I parked at a meter at 15th and Cecil B. Moore Ave for a business meeting. Not that you people understand what a legitimate business meeting is, but try to imagine for a moment that you’re an honest ethical person who doesn’t work for the PPA and you’re innocently parking for your non-criminal business meeting.

So I park at the meter and I start putting in quarters. The meter takes two of my quarters no problem. On my third quarter, the meter starts flashing “out of order, see time limit.” So I of course stand there and wait for about ten minutes, to see if it will correct itself and give me my 45 minutes. After ten minutes I had to go to my meeting, so I left feeling anxious because I had heard from so many people about this happening, and when they come back to their car, they have a ticket.

I told the woman running the meeting what had happened, and she insisted I go back outside and put a “defective meter” sign on the meter. She even made the sign for me (because the world isn’t 100% full of evil thieving bastards like those who work for the PPA).

So I head back out to my car, delaying my meeting and wasting everyone’s time, when SURPRISE!!! The meter is suddenly and magically working again! And guess what? It is almost run out! YEAH! So now you guys think you’re going to make your big fat $30 because you didn’t count on me coming back, right? CLEVER!

So I call the PPA at Callowhill which is the closest office, and the woman gives me another number to call, which of course has no answer. I try again, and still no answer. By now I have wasted 20 minutes of my associate’s time, and my blood pressure has risen through the roof. I then have to go and find someone to give me change. But because, like I said before, this world has some decent people left in it (hard to believe, right?) I obtained the change I needed and lo and behold the meter finally took my change and worked properly. Of course, when I came back to my car after my meeting, the meter had run out BEFORE IT SHOULD HAVE, but that is your standard scam operation that everyone in the city knows about.

I don’t understand how you people get away with it, but somehow you do. I can only hope the day is coming when the citizens of Philadelphia rise up and demand that this mafia-like, thieving, sleazy, underhanded, dirty, criminal behavior stops once and for all.

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