Library parking

Resident upset with the parking meter system at the Vernon library

I’m writing this with the faint hope that something can be done about the parking situation under the library in Vernon.

I had a minor thing with a credit card which led to me owing the munificent sum of 50 cents to the City of Vernon.

When this was rectified (read paid), I supposedly was able to use said credit card at the parking meter at the library.

Surprise.  The credit card was refused as was a different card.

As was a third card. As was a fourth card.

I attempted, God knows why, the original, rejected card and what do you know, it was accepted.

But, ever after, said credit card is refused at least one time, sometimes up to four times. I can be persistent.

Because some of us do not always carry coins and the machine supposedly accepts credit cards, and at my (read senior citizen) age, I am not programmed to fill my pockets with coins, I too often find myself in the bowels of the library with no coins, but yes with one or more credit cards.

Because a ticket is now $15 only at the library (whereas elsewhere in Vernon a ticket is $10) versus a 50 cent payment willingly attempted, I frustratingly attempt until successful.

Recently, I happened to mention again to a librarian that my credit card and a couple more were rejected. I was told, “It’s not my problem.”

Needless to say, I was gobsmacked.

After recovering, I thought, if it’s not her problem as  a librarian, whose problem could it be? Hence, this letter.

Perhaps an answer will appear out of the blue  or perhaps will be found by someone who thinks that patronage by the great unwashed (read the public) is, perhaps, important, after all.

Another thing I wish to write about is the information regarding payment.

Nowhere is it printed that there is no enforcement, therefore no necessity to pay after the meter readers book off at around 5:30 p.m. at the latest, and there is free parking in all of Vernon on the Saturdays in December.

Should that fact not be publicized in the parking lot under the library?

And, last but not least, if it is true that Okanagan Regional Library and the City of Vernon split the take from  said parking meter, could it possibly be that both of the above want a cash grab at the expense of those who choose to park underground?

Clarke Warren

Vernon

 

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