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Ripped off in a carpark, who cares

By The Naddiks 1 October 2010 97

To : Airport Management            
Cc: Canberra Times
Bcc : The RiotAct
Bccc: Unsuspecting BBP carpark users

Bcccc: anyone who will listen to a grumpy, upset whinning guy who is an Aussie battler trying to make the next payment on his over-priced house and gets ripped off on a daily basis.

This afternoon (Friday 1/10/10) at about 5pm, after a long arduous day at work in one of your semi-functional buildings at Brindabella Business Park, I was informed by one of your staff, a very ‘symapthetic’ bald gentleman that the weekly ticket I had paid $22:50 for on Tuesday (a nice little rise of another $2:50 per week by your airport group not so long ago – thankyou for that one) was not valid to exit the carpark with because I had, in a panic, taken a new ticket on entry to the carpark when I couldn’t find my weekly ticket and had a line-up of impatient motorists building behind me also attempting to gain access to your wonderful facility.

He (the bald carpark attendant) explained in a monotone voice that I would need to purchase a new ticket for $5:50 so I could get OUT of the carpark as those were the terms and conditions of entry….? I asked him where these terms and conditions were actually highlighted so unsuspecting suckers/motorists such as myself would be aware of such all-encompassing regulations and he simply stared at me with one of those ‘I’m not going to even attempt to explain that one’ sort of expressions that occur upon employees of the calibre who can only gain employment in carparks.

I therefore paid the additional $5:50 to get out because I couldn’t be bothered arguing with a bald robotic paraphrasing person and continued – no thanks to you – on my way home. However, realising that I had been forced into paying additional funds for my release from your facility, when, in truth, I had done nothing wrong started to weigh heavily upon my sense of fair play and common decency. In fact, by the time I actually got home, I was really infuriated by the whole ridiculous affair and decided to write this letter in the naive hope that you would;

    a)      Warn other drivers that they would incur a $5:50 fine for not using their weekly ticket.

    b)      Stop hiring people who so nicely advise you that they’ve got you by the balls and there’s nothing you can do about it.

    c)       Have some common courtesy towards your paying customers if they make a silly mistake like forgetting where they’ve put they’re weekly ticket, then found it again AFTER gaining access to your carpark – why not do something basically humane, like, give them a break and  finally, just to re-inforce this one a little…

    d)      Stop hiring people who so nicely advise you that they’ve got you by the balls and there’s nothing you can do about it…..ooh – don’t get me wrong, he was very professional and courteous – in fact, I think you should probably fast track his career to … well, wherever you can get to as a car park thingy…

Regards

The battler

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jayzup 1:06 pm 18 Nov 10

Clearly this person only known as “NADDIKS” has only his self to blame!!!!! you lost the ticket not the BALD guy lol.
‘if i lost my car keys then called a lock smith to come open my car cut me a new key’ then turn around and say to him,,,, opps sorry mate ive found my keys,,,, do you think the lock smith would reply “thats ok mate i wont charge you for this service” i dont think so!!!!
Your the Dumb Ass that misplaced the ticket its your responsibility to pay for another evan though you say you found it later?????????? C’mon bud wake up to your self your obviously an OVER PAID UNDER WORKED PUBE!!
Pay the $5.50 mate and get on with your daily bludge as im quite sure all you do in your office is flick through your emails glued to facebook and trying to condor up some excuse to finish early everyday. im guessing also alot of your so called ‘WORK TIME’ has gone into wasting your employers money and time by posting lame comments when you should be doing actual WORK!
P.s not all PUBES are like you thank god 🙂

Chip 10:31 pm 15 Oct 10

There are a few carparks in Canberra which will issue a ticket to a person on a bicycle (presumably only a steel framed one) so carpark operators should be on the lookout for people who drive in, get bike out of car, ride via pedestrian access out of carpark to nearby office, do a hard day’s work, ride back in thru the vehicle access, get ticket and use that ticket to pay for parking and get out. These sneaky freeloaders avoid carparks where there is CCTV in case there is ever an investigation into why more vehicles came in than went out. It is frustrating that people can so easily rort the system and thus raise costs and congestion for the rest of us.

Mike Bessenger 5:54 pm 14 Oct 10

You’re not a real battler. A real battler would be riding a bike to work.

Katietonia 1:24 pm 12 Oct 10

You lost your ticket

p1 said :

Could you not go back to the entrance on foot and put your weekly ticket. Through the machine? Leaving your car blocking the exit of course….

I don’t understand why he didn’t just do this. :/

schmeah 2:25 pm 09 Oct 10

An aussie battler with a mortgage you can’t afford!

Was that meant to garner sympathy? Did you buy a house you couldn’t afford and are now thinking that $5 would save you from the stress of it all?

rosscoact 3:38 pm 08 Oct 10

You got ripped off parking at an airport? That’s outrageous!!

Get on to a tabloid TV program immediately, they’ll pick it up. But make sure your face is blocked out and voice altered, you don’t want to end up in the hold of plane bound for dubbo or somewhere equally awful

Jethro 2:48 pm 08 Oct 10

vg said :

matt31221 said :

Yeah you should of taken it further to of avoided paying the 5.50. You had already payed the weekly price. Whoever owns that carpark is probably already making a KILLING and $5.50 times a few hundred people making that mistake adds up to a nice little free bonus.

Should HAVE
SHOULD HAVE

Christ almighty, is English a 2nd or 3rd language to some people

Yes.

creative_canberran 2:42 pm 08 Oct 10

busgirl said :

creative_canberran said :

Wraith said :

So, does that mean if I trip over in my new pair of high heels and hurt my ankle that I can sue the shoe company for making shoes with heels so high that it’s unsafe to walk in them? …or is it my fault for just not being a bit more careful in my new shoes?

The height of the heel would be clear to you, so too the hazards that come with that so no, the company would not be liable unless a material defect (material that softens over time to create added instability perhaps) is present.

Temperature of a beverage in an insulated cup with a lid would not be evident. Therein lies the hazard.

vg 8:37 am 08 Oct 10

matt31221 said :

Yeah you should of taken it further to of avoided paying the 5.50. You had already payed the weekly price. Whoever owns that carpark is probably already making a KILLING and $5.50 times a few hundred people making that mistake adds up to a nice little free bonus.

Should HAVE
SHOULD HAVE

Christ almighty, is English a 2nd or 3rd language to some people

matt31221 9:23 pm 07 Oct 10

Yeah you should of taken it further to of avoided paying the 5.50. You had already payed the weekly price. Whoever owns that carpark is probably already making a KILLING and $5.50 times a few hundred people making that mistake adds up to a nice little free bonus.

troll-sniffer 10:28 am 05 Oct 10

One thing that has not surfaced in any of these posts (that I could find anyway) is the likelihood that the attendant does not have any leeway in such situations. A lot of businesses such as carparks deliberately remove the ability to make value judgements from their employees, because in a lot of cases situations as presented by our friend Mr Naddicccccks are attempts to commit fraud.

Mr Naddiccccccks should have simply taken up the situation with the management of the carpark. It’s quite possible they had never considered this situation might occur and have not had cause to put a procedure in place to deal with it. Chances are they would have issued a credit or refund, looked at the problem, re-programmed the software or issued new procedures to the attendants. If after such an approach the management had said “suck it up princess that’s life”, Mr Nadicccccks would probably have been given a modicum of respect here, rather than the richly-deserved derision he has had to endure.

busgirl 1:53 pm 04 Oct 10

creative_canberran said :

Wraith said :

As for the hot cup of coffee, that’s a myth that she won simply because it was hot. If you read about the case, you would realise that the key point wasn’t hot or not, but how hot. Of course most coffee is hot, but most coffee is heated to only 45 to 65 degrees. McDonalds though found that most people who purchase their coffee would drink it elsewhere like when they get to work, so they were heating it to over 85 degrees. A normal coffee at 65 degrees won’t do much harm if you spill it on you. At 85 degrees though, that can do serious damage and is not typical for coffee. The excessive temperature is why she won and companies have now started putting that warning on as a result of that.

Should she have just been a bit more careful with her hot coffee?

So, does that mean if I trip over in my new pair of high heels and hurt my ankle that I can sue the shoe company for making shoes with heels so high that it’s unsafe to walk in them? …or is it my fault for just not being a bit more careful in my new shoes?

creative_canberran 1:33 pm 04 Oct 10

Wraith said :

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses;

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

When has the church ever not being a business? How was the Chruch of yesteryear, dispensing remedies and going on crucades any different from big pharma and Halliburton? It’s always being a business, struggling for market share.

As for the hot cup of coffee, that’s a myth that she won simply because it was hot. If you read about the case, you would realise that the key point wasn’t hot or not, but how hot. Of course most coffee is hot, but most coffee is heated to only 45 to 65 degrees. McDonalds though found that most people who purchase their coffee would drink it elsewhere like when they get to work, so they were heating it to over 85 degrees. A normal coffee at 65 degrees won’t do much harm if you spill it on you. At 85 degrees though, that can do serious damage and is not typical for coffee. The excessive temperature is why she won and companies have now started putting that warning on as a result of that.

willy 12:20 pm 04 Oct 10

Gerry-Built said :

willy said :

I would hate to read the bullsh!t you would post if you got a speeding ticket.

this is a different situation to a Speeding Fine. This is ‘fee for service’, not a fine for stoopidity. The Naddiks had the ticket, just couldn’t produce it to validate it *on entry*, but had it on exit. Just ’cause the machine didn’t validate the card on entry, it couldn’t allow exit. Even taking in to account the conditions of entry (at least those published above), the ticket should have been accepted/acceptable. In addition, the management has the authority to overwrite the ‘authority’ of the machinery – and bloody well should have. Nobody reads those T&Cs, because they expect a “fair go” (this is parking cars FFS, not borrowing money from a bank). You know, “Parking cars – what else does one do in a carpark?”.

IMHO – The situation is far more akin to going into a coffee shop, buying a coffee, then remembering you had your *loyalty* card, and asking them to stamp the bugger. Most coffee shops would do that, because they know your a (at least semi-) regular… It’s called customer service… some people might remember that concept. It was quite clear that The Naddiks was a regular (as says the card in their possession). The pricks just know they have you by the short and curlies; ’cause where else are you gunna go at BOP/Snowtown?

I’ll bet not a single poster here has read the T&Cs posted at a carpark prior to entry (at least, not while waiting at the entry for the ticket to pop out) – because you all have the reasonable expectation that you’ll receive a fair go…

Fair call, however my point was more aimed at the $5.50 he had to shell out verse say $300+ for a speeding fine rather than the action that actually got you in that situation.

indigoid 8:12 am 04 Oct 10

bogan_filth = self_proclaimed_battler + rants_about_inconsequentia + loves_his_cars;

KB1971 11:12 pm 03 Oct 10

I might add, I hat posting on my Ipod, pain in the arse for spelling/ grammer.

KB1971 11:08 pm 03 Oct 10

The Naddiks said :

KB1971 said :

Your right – I do love my car, I just can’t help it….Don’t Canberran motorists scare you guys on your pushies?

Nup, cos to get from Russell to the Airport I/he doesn’t have to ride on any roads other than to cross them.

Contrary to Riotact belief most ACT motorists are quite couteous on the roads, it is really only the minority that ignorant, arrogant pricks. The majority of that minority seem to post here…….

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