Not for the tourist parked in this spot with a failed or jammed meter. They could have flagged down a cop or a meter maid and complained about the inoperable meter. They could have driven around the block in search of a meter that worked. Instead, they left a little note on the windshield. This tourist didn’t stop there. A neatly stacked pile of quarters was left on top of the parking meter, in good faith, to go along with the note should anyone stop by to fix the meter.
This was the scene on Congress Place, in Cape May during my afternoon dog walk yesterday. I couldn’t resist snapping a couple of pictures to document the level of sincerity. To me it demonstrated the quality of tourists/visitors or resident that we have in Cape May.
Sure, they didn’t want to risk getting a parking ticket. Of course they could have claimed the ticket wouldn’t have been their fault-after all the meter was jammed.
In case you didn’t know it, Cape May has free parking. That’s right, free parking exists at the Cape May elementary school on Lafayette street. Cape May merchants on the Washington Street Mall, in cooperation with city and a few hotels along Beach Avenue even throw in a shuttle bus to pick you up at the free lot and bring you into town. Did you see the sign that says FREE?
This is one way to avoid not only finding a failed or jammed meter, but a parking ticket on your windshield-after a day or night of spending your hard-earned money in our lovely town of Cape May.