Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

"We don't usually waive the first ticket, but..."

I stopped at Traffic on my way back to campus to get a temporary A Lot permit for the rental car, so I could park without worrying about getting a ticket for it being the wrong car. Did you know Cornell now has license plate scanners, so they can drive up and down the rows of a parking lot and automatically spot cars that have license plates that don't match up with permits in their system, or aren't authorized to park in that area? Previously, they'd just look for valid permits, and spot-check once in a while to make sure the permit matched the plate, but if they actually do these drive-bys from time to time, I don't want to be caught!

While I was there, I walked over to the ticket appeals desk, which happened to be staffed this morning by the guy who did my transportation "onboarding" session in July. I remembered his name (it's Mark) and said hi, and said while I was there, I should take care of the ticket I got a couple of weeks ago for parking longer than 30 minutes in a 30-minute space. I told him I was sheepish about getting distracted and not getting back to my car within 30 minutes. He asked how much over it was, and I said about 20 minutes, and he reduced the ticket to a warning. It pays to be friendly! That's $20 I can use for something else.

I've now driven around the Sonata a bit more, since I had a lunch meeting in Collegetown and wanted to deposit a check from the weekend. It's not perfect at dealing with the iPhone as an iPod, but it seems functional enough. I even paired my phone via Bluetooth, so I can answer calls if I need to.

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