Anger and tears fathoming out parking meters

By Paul James in Transport

NEW car parking meters in Newton Abbot have got some motorists in a right old spin, with one reduced to tears.

Among those left confused was Bob Doubleday, a director of the Royal Casino in Bank Street, who thinks the machines just installed in the town’s cattle market car park are definitely not the ticket.

He was annoyed to find the regular dispensers had been replaced by state-of-the-art contraptions which were less than user-friendly.

‘Two of them would take cards only which is not what I wanted.

‘The one which took cash, that I did want, confused me so much that I just left without buying a ticket,’ he explained.

His exasperation at the ‘test your IQ’ trickiness of the new arrivals was matched by one pensioner who was found in tears because he was totally flummoxed by the tortuous procedure of completing a transaction.

The upset pensioner was bailed out by a techno-wise Good Samaritan while Mr Doubleday left a note on his car windscreen saying he’d given up the ghost.


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