The other day, I was walking back to my office from a meeting in downtown Lansing when I noticed the meter maid writing a parking ticket.
I always feel sorry for people who have to park in downtown Lansing because parking is so hard to find. People might have to walk for blocks to get back to their car before the meter expires.
With traffic lights and closed sidewalks, it could take some people an extra 5 minutes. And when they do get back, they discover that the meter maid has just written them a ticket.
More often than not, the people who use parking meters do not work downtown. They are downtown for a one hour meeting and don’t know where else to park.
So, since I had a pocket full of dimes and nickels I decided to help some hapless souls avoid the hassles of a parking ticket. So, starting with the nickels, I walked along the road looking for expired meters as I made my way back to my office. Once the nickels ran out, I started on the dimes.
Now, granted, a nickel or a dime doesn’t buy you much time. But I didn’t need enough time for the owner to return, I only needed enough time for the meter maid to pass. And since she had a regular route that she followed, I figured that by the time she came around again, the owner will have returned.
All and all, I made the day for 6 people and it only cost me 50 cents. That was fun. I will have to plan on doing it again.
“every body plays, every body wins” Jerry Seinfeld.