2017-12-02 11:37:03 UTC
Did anyone see this article? It's this new mobile payment application for smartphones allowing you to pay for parking meters electronically. It has a whole lot of really great features like remote alerts when your time is running down, the ability to top-up your time from your phone, and some kind of a feature allowing you to automatically add time if you're going to run out.
Even though I seldom use parking meters downtown I thought this is a brilliant idea and downloaded the app. I went through the installation procedure and got as far as the $20 annual subscription, guffawed quite loudly, and uninstalled the damn thing. I'm definitely not going to pay a fee in order to pay a fee. It probably makes sense for people who park frequently, but I haven't had a parking meter ticket for 25 years. There are all kinds of reports of people who continue to get billed even after they believe they had canceled the service. It gets very low ratings in the Google Play Store. My bet is that the city will release some kind of free version within a year or two.