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By frank_parkingattendant 14 February 2010 53

I am currently a parking attendant at the carpark at hyperdome and what you guys dnt understand is we have a job to do just like all you other people. exiting the carpark with out paying for your ticket is against the law just like any other store you go into. We do have cameras to get your registration so dont even think about running the gate!!! you have two hours free parking and after that you will need to pay. We do give you alot of time to get in and out of the Hyperdome. At the civic mall you dnt even get anything for free. Once you enter the civic carpark you need to pay. When you enter the carpark on a Friday night after 6 you do get free parking, but that is only if you enter AFTER 6!!!

And to all you mother f***ers who complain, f*** ya all you fucking cheap f***ers. its afew dollars so just pay it instead of giving me s***!!!!!

[ED – The stars are mine. I normally enjoy a good flame, but as I wouldn’t be seen dead in the hyperdome car park I’m a little mystified.]

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dvaey 9:10 am 10 Mar 10

I seem to be late to the party on this one, but wanted to throw my thoughts in..

Gorilla said :

As a former employee of the carpark I definately know how infuriating it is to deal with someone refusing to pay $1 for their parking(which is what it used to be when I was working their). Seriously how cheap and stingy are some people?

I dont think its so much a problem of paying $1 (infact, its been $2 for over 2hrs, and has been for as long as I can remember). I think its a matter of once youre in your car, seatbelt on, and ready to go, you dont want to be fumbling around in your pockets for change, or have to break a note just to pay for a small parking charge. Also, as others have mentioned, most carparks now (especially at tuggeranong) are all automated, so if you DO find that youve gone slightly over your 2hr limit, you have to return to the mall to pay the token amount.

Gorilla said :

A condition of entry into the carpark clearly state that if you enter and use the facility you are obliged to follow their rules as it is privately owned. If you can’t accept that go park outside of the centre in the government spots then when you pass your ticketed time you can have a nice yellow envelope on your front screen if your so lucky.

As a driver with a disabled sticker, I can find a few issues with this point. Firstly, the only disabled spots close to the centre are within the pay-parking carparks. As you point out, we can go park in the government spots (where we also coincidentally dont even have to pay for our parking as long as we comply with other laws). Several years ago I parked in a private carpark in the canberra centre and was almost always told there was no charge after the parking attendant saw my disabled parking sticker. Secondly, you say the roads are privately owned, if that is the case does that mean police have no enforcement of parking rules? Ive often seen government inspectors walking around checking for permits, so this claim cant be completely true.

Also, while 2 hours might be more than enough for an ‘average’ person to do their ‘average’ shopping (which is a good point, isnt the money customers pay to your retailers, enough to cover the costs of their parking?), if an elderly/disabled person or a single mum with a couple of rowdy kids goes shopping, or decides to stop in the food court for a meal, 2 hours can easily disappear quickly. If I eat in a mall food court, I will leave the mall to ensure I dont go over my parking time limit and shop at a local woolworths or IGA with free parking, rather than risk popping into stores in the mall and running over my limit should I be delayed getting back to my car.

Postalgeek 3:21 pm 05 Mar 10

Irrespective of how immature you might’ve considered the OP, it’s a snivelling low act to report them for having a rant.

Frank’s post was harmless, offensive if you’re that way inclined, but harmless. Reporting him was not harmless.

To take offence at a petty online slight is one thing, but to then inform on a person, with major negative consequences for that person, is contemptible IMHO, and it undermines this forum.

Police states love that sort of mentality.

el 3:05 pm 05 Mar 10

While I’m inclined to agree with you Gorilla, it’s entirely possible (and probable) that any number of people who work in/around the hyper-D read it anyway (not necessarily from centre management, but it would’ve been passed around quick enough). I don’t remember the last ‘State of the Riot’ post where Johnboy posted all the stats, but I seem to recall that there were something in the area of 50,000+ unique visitors/page-hits per month? Canberra being the tiny place it is, it was bound to end up being read by someone from the same workplace…

Perhaps not venting on a public website would’ve been a better idea? It wouldn’t exactly be difficult for the parking company to figure out who it was – I can’t imagine they have a massive pool of employees…

    Jazz 3:41 pm 05 Mar 10

    We’re up to just shy of 70,000 now. State of the Riot soon to make a return as well both in posts and a monthly newsletter to anyone who subscribes to it.

Tooks 12:47 pm 05 Mar 10

If he’d written something that wasn’t basically a toddler tantrum on the internet, the result may have been different. You can have a rant without acting like a 2 year old.

Gorilla 12:08 am 05 Mar 10

Wow didnt actually think someone would actually send this into Frank’s workplace as a complaint. Such a low act to dob someone in who was obviously venting their anger. He lost his job cause someone who saw this actually had the nerves to send it in as a complaint. That person is probably one of the customers who refuse and complain about paying $2 for parking.

As a former employee of the carpark I definately know how infuriating it is to deal with someone refusing to pay $1 for their parking(which is what it used to be when I was working their). Seriously how cheap and stingy are some people? A condition of entry into the carpark clearly state that if you enter and use the facility you are obliged to follow their rules as it is privately owned. If you can’t accept that go park outside of the centre in the government spots then when you pass your ticketed time you can have a nice yellow envelope on your front screen if your so lucky.

Anyway the person that forwarded this subject onto the Centre Management lowest of low you are.

cleo 1:08 am 28 Feb 10

Parking is free in Newcastle! I can’t understand that in Canberra some areas are free when other areas are not.

Muttsybignuts 11:28 am 26 Feb 10

Why did Frank feel that this was the best place to throw his weight around? Was there a thread I missed on how to avoid paying parking at the Hyperdome?
Who thinks, “I am sick of these whinging cheap bastards, Im gonna give Riot Act a piece of my mind”.

goose 3:32 pm 25 Feb 10

I-filed said :

goose said :

I will forward this article to the Hyperdome management. So F*** YOU too.

It is vital to respect anonymity on the board please, so goose please retract that threat!

Retracted, just didn’t appreciate to be told F*** YOU 🙁

Hells_Bells74 10:35 am 23 Feb 10

I reckon when one sees these ‘youth of today’ approaching in a herd, one should immediately start acting like a derro/scab/charity collector of the City. They will find a way to avoid one like a plague (they just learned this existed after all) hehe.

sirocco 11:33 am 22 Feb 10

Hilarious 🙂 remind me never to visit the Hyperdome. I was afraid I might get mugged and beaten by young hoods (ahhh the youth of today, eh?) but it seems I’ve just as much to fear from the humble parking attendant

westyonline 11:04 am 20 Feb 10

poor old frank,stay in school kids or one day you might just find yourself up the clock tower at homeworld armed with an AK47 assult rifle “inforcing” the law your own way..
remember to look up people!

ex-vectis 1:14 pm 17 Feb 10

As with many ‘public facing’ jobs, Car Park attendant is up with the top of them for getting abuse. It’s easy I suppose….

However, brighten up your day, give the attendant a tip! Seriously, the look on the guy’s face when I said ‘keep the change’ (about 2 dollars) was pricless. If I had been in a Merc or some other tall-poppy’s car then it wouldn’t have worked, in my beat-up Daewoo it was just fab.

Frank, just remember, those who give you grief are giving themselves high blood pressure and will die soon; so just smile knowingly at them… 🙂

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