Some of you will recall my Parking Sweepstakes Part 1 post. I have another installment today. On the way home from work I had to stop to pick up some food for the partners and also had to visit Silver Lion Framing. These Long Branch businesses are right near the parking pay station which generously spit some money out at me last week. I didn’t want to put more money into a broken machine so I went into Purrfect Pets and did my business there, then looked around outside for the parking vulture before going into the frame shop. All clear.
While in the frame shop I watched the street, and when I stuck my head out the door, I could see buddy in his hi-vis vest advancing towards me, only about 100 yards away. Crap. All I had in my pocket was a loony, so I dropped it into the machine. I thought I heard a gentle satisfied burping sound, but it would not give me my ticket. Buddy was getting closer. I pounded the machine with my fists, then turned the placebo cancel knob. Winner! It gave me back my loony + $0.45. With buddy the parking vulture approaching, I took a quarter from my winnings and carefully inserted it. Ah, perfect. Printing. I took my ticket and put it behind my windshield in the nick of time.
I’m not calling 311 again. Too bad, City of Toronto, if you want your 45 cents, come and get it. And while you’re at it, fix the machine please.