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How to get FREE parking downtown

by on Jul.17, 2008, under Uncategorized

I was tired of paying $200 a month for parking (Which had just shot up another 50% to $300/month)… Daily parking spaces were about $150/month on a long term contract (And of course had a waiting list)… so like many – I’m forced to pay the $10 (now $15/day at most places) to park during the work hours.]

So one day I decided to park in a 2h parking spot and just move my car every 2h to a different spot. To my surprise parking in a different spot gets you a ticket! (apparently with the new systems they have, they do their rounds and scan the VIN/Plate of each car they pass) Each meter maid has their own method, some do it every 2nd pass on a particular walk of the city. And the electronic hand held will pop up and say “this vehicle has been parked since 00:00 and is in violation”. BAM ticket! (Granted I was on the same street, but parked 300meters away from the last spot).

$25 parking ticket later ($57 if not paid “early”) I decided I wanted to make up for this ticket and get free parking.

Luckily about 2 blocks from my office there is a casino! And guess what… they’re players rewards program has FREE PARKING! All I have to do is park at the casino (For as long as i want) and get my parking validated at the end of day.

Now these rewards programs have “points” that you collect by spending money and gambling. So far i’ve been lucky enough that I hand them my card and get my parking validated. If there are any issues with them saying “well you haven’t spend any money today”. — that’s easily solved by putting $10 down on a table game. Betting on red/black on a roulette table is pretty much a 50:50 shot. (minus the 0,00 odds of course). So via their rules all I have to do is bet $10 to redeem free parking (says nothing about losing!).

And I either walk out with $10 spent (which I would have paid for parking at some other place anyways)… or I walk out with an EXTRA $10 and FREE parking to boot.

Gotta love it.

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