Friday, 10 April 2009

You've outstayed your welcome!

The light is flashing red! I'm not 100% convinced by the reliability of these new devices. In another city close by, I parked in such a space the other day, one that had been free for a couple of minutes but the light flashed even though it was free, didn't stop once I was parked there and was still flashing when I came back from the baker's 5 minutes later... I checked, the "thing" required no specific action from me. Go figure...
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Gare aux contraventions, voire à l'enlèvement ! Je ne suis pas totalement convaincue par ces nouveaux systèmes. L'autre jour, non pas à mais près de Versailles, je me suis garée sur une place dotée d'un bidule similaire. La place que je convoitais avidement depuis le feu rouge où j'étais arrêtée était libre depuis au moins quelques minutes mais la loupiote flashait déjà. Elle ne s'est pas arrêtée une fois que j'étais garée et clignotait encore quand je suis ressortie de la boulangerie 5 minutes plus tard. Pourtant, j'ai vérifié, a priori je n'avais rien à faire d'autre que me garer...

14 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear Ciel!I liked this picture, with flash or not, it is very cool!
Don't eat much chocolate okay!

Happy Easter!
Léia

Clueless in Boston said...

Interesting type of parking meter. What good is it if it flashes all the time.

Sharon Van Lieu said...

This is a parking meter? Does the flashing light mean you have overstayed? I don't think I would like this system. It seems too intrusive.

So interesting to see your part of the world.

Sharon

Natural Moments said...

I hope we don't get these devices over here too.

DaveM said...
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DaveM said...

Umm seeing that shop has made me hungry.

Olivier said...

l'état (ou les villes) va a la chasse aux œufs de pâques bien tôt cette année. Beaucoup de nouveauté en ce domaine (maintenant nos horodateurs sont solaires, toute la ville prie pour qu'il fasse mauvais tout le temps sur Evry ;o) )

Frankie / Nick said...

Wow what an unusual parking meter device. Perhaps money needs to be inserted into it before it stops flashing?
A huge plus for the parking police, lol

Catherine said...

Ouh, les méchantes bornes rapporteuses !
Le progrès n'est pas toujours en faveur des citoyens. Le progrès en faveur des gros sous, celui çi n'a pas de limites.
Bon week-end chocolaté Cieldequimper. Ding Dong.

B Squared said...

Wo can figure the government out. Best wishes for a wonderful Easter.

JM said...

Now, this is new to me...

Jacob said...

Well, I like your photo and you caught the flashing red perfectly, but this is kind of "big brother" stuff...

Hopefully, this hasn't come to the States yet. We still have the old-fashioned kind of meters which flip up a small red flag if your time has run out.

Have a great day!

Cergie said...

Je n'ai rien compris du tout à cette histoire. Il faut bac +7 pour tant de choses de nos jours !
Aurais tu utilisé l'option "couleur contrastée" ?
Ca le fait !

Juergen Kuehn said...

A little bit more "Nineteen Eighty-Four". In the near future in Germany we will have wireless parking meter. It transmits if the parking time expired. Thats so funky!