Author Archives: Paul Martinez Smith

Parking Elf Strikes Again

A Colorado Springs business owner is making it a holiday tradition to dress up like an elf and hand out parking money. According to gazette.com, Richard Gorman, will be giving parkers change for their meters today, Monday and Tuesday. This … Continue reading

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A lot of Holiday Parking

In a move that could be called genius, but is really just plain common sense, San Antonio International Airport has opened an extra parking lot for the holidays. According to ksat.com: The new “Green Lot” will be open starting Monday, … Continue reading

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Something About Glass Houses

We all make mistakes. I never do anything much worse than forget to floss, but it’s a mistake nonetheless, and I hope people will not judge – my teeth, gums and dentist will punish me enough. OK, and maybe I … Continue reading

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Holiday Parking Perks

Besides the gifts and the parties, there’s something else about that holiday season that makes it so enjoyable: the sense that just about anything can happen. I remember when I was a child the magic of the season being all … Continue reading

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Parking Lot Attendant Gets Envelope Full of…

…Money I’m sure most parking attendants and enforcement officers out there have dozens of stories about being yelled at, sworn at and threatened, but a parking lot attendant in Oklahoma has quite a different story to tell this week. Mr. … Continue reading

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Credit Card Data Not Exactly Secure

The consumerist.com reports that a 7-month breach of the garage parking payment systems run by a major parking provider in several states has put customers’ credit card information into the hands of thieves. We’ve all depended on the security of … Continue reading

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Winter Parking Wars

It can be hard for the people who live in moderate climates to understand how snow changes the parking scene. I’ve lived in snowy places in the past, and I’m happy as can be now living in a place that … Continue reading

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Accountability Counts

The average U.S. citizen has serious doubts about the effectiveness and honesty of government. When we think about it rationally, we know there’s no perfect system or perfect public official. Mistakes are going to be made. From my point of … Continue reading

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I’d Buy That App

There are a lot of dodgy smartphone apps for parking out there. Some sell you space that isn’t actually privately owned; others let you hold a space hostage until the ransom shows up. According to syracuse.com, the city of Syracuse, … Continue reading

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University Parking Raises High Dollars

At the University of Memphis, reports thedailyhelmsman.com, parking enforcement officers have brought in more than $2 million during the last 6 years. The ticket fines range in price from $10 to $200 for infractions including not displaying a permit correctly … Continue reading

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