I work in an area that has tight parking, they actually give you transit money if you give up your parking pass. I did that 5 years ago, they also give you a off hours parking pass that let's you on campus after hours. We are also allowed to park 12 times a year on campus.
Some how it got around that we could park 12 times a year with the off hours parking pass and many of us do it roughly 3-4 times a year. Well, I got a ticket yesterday and went to the parking office to discuss it with them. I tried to explain that I've been doing it since I started work, if I had been told then that I needed to do something different I would have. One lady very calmly corrected me, I was upset because it's a $75 ticket.
A different woman jumped in and said, "That's like saying 'I've shopped lifted for years, if I would have gotten caught the first time, I wouldn't have done it again'."
My response was: "So you equate shoplifting with an employee parking on campus with the wrong pass?"
She said, "yeah, it's fraud'.
Parking = shoplifting? Save us from ignorant people. The first lady had already explained it to me, I was just upset -the second lady shouldn't have jumped in at all. I think I was more angry about the stupid woman's comment the paying the parking ticket. Actually I just got back from talking with them and I'm still furious-you know the type you get when you want to cry.
I have to be careful today because this is when my emotional eating kicks in and I don't have a hunger turn off switch. Mostly because I'm trying to stuff the anger down.