Service without a clue

Walked into a downtown Seattle parking garage to retrieve my car after a job interview, validation tickets in hand. Gave the parking ticket (only valet parking available) and the validation stamps to the cashier on duty, who dispatched a fellow minion to retrieve my vehicle.

Cashier: That will be $14.63.

Me: ? (pulls out a twenty and wonders why I still had to pay full price)

Cashier: Oh, did you want to use these? (indicates validation stamps)


  • (actual response) Yes
  • (imagined response) No, you fool, I simply wanted to demonstrate how personally powerful I am that I had my entire visit validated. Do not use these stamps - I intend to return home and frame them.

Cashier: (recalculates parking fee) That will be $1.63.

Is the use of parking validation stamps that uncommon?

Written by Andrew Ittner in misc on Wed 01 August 2007. Tags: commentary