Several of you have asked what became of the iPod and the parking ticket and I know you are all sitting on the edges of your seats just waiting to find out.
Well, shockingly (!) the iPod lady never called back even though she said she would. Fortunately we weren't holding our collective breath, so none of us passed out. We noticed that the ad was gone from Craig's List, so we figure she either found another sucker buyer, or she changed her mind about selling it.
Happily, for the Nano seeking daughter, she snagged a used one that was in her price range on an Ebay auction. It is in a color more to her liking AND we didn't get robbed at gunpoint while purchasing it, so I feel that was a big bonus!
I got lots of advice (thank you!) about meeting potential Craig's List sellers in a public location, and I believe if I ever delve into the Craig's List world again, I will be heeding that!
In semi related news, I dug around on the internet and through some mighty detective work, found a phone number for the parking ticket I got. It was a privately owned lot and there was no contact information on the ticket except for the address.
When I was finally able to talk to someone associated with the lot, I told her about how there was no attendant in the booth to take my money and how the parking lot was empty, but accessible. She told me that I was supposed to put my money in a slot in a locked box and when the attendant happened to check the box and saw no money, I got the ticket.
I then informed her that I thought the box must have been poorly marked because I didn't notice it, and that I felt like $39 was a ridiculous fee for a confusing situation. She was shocked when I mentioned the $39 and said they just wanted the $3 parking fee. That's when I took a closer look at the ticket and noticed that the fine marked was indeed $3, followed by a very sloppy arrow pointing to the address, which made it appear as $39.
I apologized for my mistake and said I would mail the the $3 immediately. I also told her that a phone number or an email address would have been helpful on the ticket, as well as a plainly marked payment box in the lot.
So, basically I learned some very valuable lessons from that frustrating experience.
- Never try to buy a used iPod on the corner of Perpetually Unemployed Ave. and I Sell Crack St.
- Always meet Craig's List sellers in a public location.
- Check parking lots for ill marked boxes in which to stuff my money.
- Sloppy arrows can look a lot line 9's.
And now you can rest easy friends, for that concludes this drama of The iPod and the Parking Ticket. Amen.