The Parking Authority at work has successfully bamboozled me once again. Well done, Parking Authority! You win, I bow to your greater creativity.
Did I ever tell you about how I was on a waiting list for a year and a half before even receiving a parking spot (during which time I paid $10/day to park in the visitors' lot - when I was able to snag a spot there, that is)? Well, that's another story for another day. (And the visitors' lot is now $15.00/day.)
I pay a ridiculous amount to park at work and I pay full rate even though I work 3 days a week. It's like paying to park downtown without any of the nasty distractions of downtown, such as restaurants or coffee shops or stores. Woohoo!
When I first got a parking spot, I was required to cut Parking a cheque three times a year, which I did by crossing the street to the parking office and paying in person. Then I was notified that in future, my credit card would automatically be billed three times a year. Fine.
And then I started to receive invoices for parking, and when I phoned to find out what that was all about, was told that for some reason "the system" automatically sends out invoices monthly, and to ignore them. Okay. That seems like a remarkably inventive use of funds, considering there are several thousand people who park on this campus.
So I ignored the next several monthly invoices, and it wasn't until about 8 months later that I realized that my credit card statement had not contained any parking charges in a long time. And that's when I noticed the note on the bottom of the invoice, stating that credit cards were no longer being charged.
Eventually, after another couple of months (during which time I had saved up enough to pay said ridiculous parking fee), I once again walked over to the parking office to pay, and was told that the office now only issued parking passes and that payment was made at a different campus.
So I mailed the bastards a cheque. And promptly received another invoice, for the same amount, but with the current year on it this time, instead of 2006 as the previous ones were dated.
I assumed that I was now being billed for next year's parking, but perhaps they just updated their invoices and hadn't actually received my cheque. There was a helpful note on the invoice, inviting me to call a particular number "in case of inquiries". Which I did. Only to be told that I had reached the phone number for the permit issuing office and that they did not deal with payments there. I asked for the phone number for the payment office and was told that they did not have a phone number! What????
So I guess I will wait for a while and accumulate more invoices for my collection while I wait to make sure that my cheque has been cashed. I figure a year or so will be sufficient time.
Do you have awe-inspiring parking lot horror stories or bureaucracy gone crazy stories (or both)? Ones that make you want to slam your head repeatedly against the table? I'd love to hear them. I can't be the only one who thinks the system is fucked.
Jarvis feels my pain: