So I got a parking ticket in downtown Boise last week. And yup, it was my fault. I left my car parked in a metered spot in front of my work building for a little too long. I wasn’t thrilled, but I can’t really blame anyone else, can I?
Well, checking out the back of the ticket for info on how to pay the dang thing, I noticed that one can now pay off tickets by visiting www.cityofboise.org. So I went there and sure enough, there’s a new function called “e-payment.”
“Woot! I don’t have to write a check or call the dang place anymore,” I thought to myself. (Not that I get tons of tickets, but I think I’ve gotten one once before forever ago.) I filled out the information I needed to and clicked submit. Then, whaddya know? There’s a $2 service charge for paying online. A two-freaking-dollar service charge on a $12 ticket! Do you believe that?! And what’s worse, they didn’t even mention it until the end.
Oops! It appears, now that your transaction is nearly complete, you owe us 17% more money than you thought you did! Sorrr-rrry.
City of Boise
At least I could’ve gotten the above mocking email to go with it. Then I would’ve felt properly ripped off.