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Taking from parkers

Published August 24, 2013 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Unlike many of my friends and co-workers, I actually like the new parking machines in Salt Lake City. While the cost to park has substantially increased, I like the option of paying with a credit card so I don't have to carry quarters. It's also really convenient that the receipt doesn't have to be placed on the dashboard. Everything seems to be automated.

That said, on Aug. 12, I parked on 100 South for a 4 p.m. appointment and went to the nearest machine to pay. After three attempts, the machine told me to "Use Another Machine."

I went to a second machine along the way to my appointment. That machine also told me to "Use Another Machine." Same thing with a third machine. At that point, I figured the system was down and proceeded to my appointment. I was surprised to later find a parking ticket on my windshield. If the "meter readers" can tell whether I paid or not, can't they tell when the system isn't working?

I sent a check to Salt Lake City Corporation with a note explaining the situation and told them to cash it "if they feel good about it." They cashed it. I don't feel good about that.

Barbara Bruno

Salt Lake City