Thursday, January 08, 2009

Parking Wars

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National Delurking Week - Day 5

Last weeks Scrubbing Bubbles poll ended with a tie between the yeses and Brad Pitts. So, I guess the Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner would be used as a body wash by someone and Brad Pitt is still a hottie. On to this week's poll.

I don't think there is a single person in the world that likes parking enforcement officers a.k.a. meter maids. Who wants to run back and forth to feed the meter its metal treats to keep their parking spots? It's the most annoying thing to when you're trying to concentrate on other things.

You know the meter maids are hanging around especially when a meter is close to expiring. A&E's show Parking Wars proves that. They hover just waiting for the opportunity to pounce on their prey. They've been accused in the past of using shady practices in order to raise revenue for local authorities. In my opinion, the whole thing needs to reevaluated.

However, there may be an answer to our prayers or at least the French get a reprieve. Local authorities in France are installing new parking meters that sends an alert to police when a vehicle overstays their welcome. They are also in the process of expanding the system to register cell phones. When 5 minutes are left on the meter, a text message will inform the driver. More time can be purchased through the phone. If the text is ignored, a ticket is issued and sent to their homes. In other words, no more meter maids.


cube said...

Yeah, but just think of all those unemployed meter maids. Where will they go? ;-)

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Andrea Allison said...

cube - true but the technology has presented itself and we may be next to trade up. unfortunately, that's the way it is sometimes.

Brian - Thank you!