My son says, "Dad, let me buy you lunch downtown."
Perfect. We find our favourite spot on Fisgard Street, find one of those ubiquitous parking terminals and try to purchase the time we need for lunch.
The terminal does not work; it won't take the credit card; we are not carrying enough coins.
We proceed to lunch, believing the commissionaires must know about the machine issue.
We return from lunch 45 minutes later to see a $40 ticket courtesy of the City of Victoria on our car.
We take the ticket into City Hall and get rerouted across Centennial Square, where we are questioned by the reception desk why we did not find a new terminal. It is not the machine's fault, and "even terminals at Walmart sometimes don't work."
Of course, the downtown parking issues are the consumer's problem, not a city hall procedural issue. Shame on me!
To those hard-working entrepreneurs trying to build a business downtown: Look outside - your biggest threat is the people harassing the very customers who just want to support you.
Your threat is called city hall parking rules.
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