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Letter: Change for the Meters?

I arrived in the parking lot right behind Raindew without the necessary parking meter quarter in my pocket. I dashed into the store with a dollar bill asking for change. But the woman at the register told me she could not open the cash drawer except for a purchase, so I waited dollar in hand. In the four impatient minutes it took to get the quarters and run back to my car, the parking warden had appeared out of nowhere and ticketed me. I found him and learned that this little misadventure would cost me $55. Whatever it was I might have bought at Raindew did not get bought this day.

Fifty-five dollars because I had the wrong change in my pocket! On Main Street in Port Washington, the parking meters have a little “grace” button on them to allow someone in my situation to get 10 free minutes while a merchant makes change and the meter gets fed. Why is it that we lack this bit of “grace” in Manhasset and a resident who is trying to do the right thing gets slammed for $55 as I was? What do they know in Port Washington that we don’t know here in Manhasset about customer psychology?

Michael Duffy