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Have you had the experience of paying for parking in a public car park of late?

A car park where your spare change no longer has any use?

The changes in the digital world mean that keeping loose change in your purse is no longer the norm – having a mobile phone with the ability to download an app is now the new way in which to pay for your car parking.

What’s the problem you may be thinking, it is all about moving along with the digital world and embracing the changes around us.

In reality this is how the world of the car park app really works.

I was running late to catch a train as I had been caught in traffic on the way to the station. It was therefore tight by the time I arrived in the car park as to whether or not I would make the train, with minutes to spare, I figured if I parked got my ticket and ran, I could make it.

That was the plan until I arrived at the parking machine. A huge notice that it only accepted coins and in exact change. I rumbled in my purse and was just short of the amount I needed for the full days parking which I needed. (Don’t prices go up, I had enough on my last visit).

The only other way to pay for parking was by using the app. This meant I had to first download the app set it up and then I could pay.

Of course this all takes time.

Time that I did not have at that moment.

The other alternative was to call an automated telephone number where you could set it up using the push button system.

If you have had the joy of these. Press 1 if you wish to park your car, Press 2 to enter the car park number, Press 3 to enter the number of hours.

Then just my luck this service had linked my old car registration number plate and there was no number option to enter a new number plate.

I was unable to use the telephone service to pay for my parking and there was no option to speak to a person. There are times when the digital world can be hugely frustrating and this was one of them.

I stood there watching my train departing from the station.fast-train

Thank you, digital technology, you have really not made my life any easier making me pay for parking by using an app?

Have you had a similar experience in the car park?

Has it made it been difficult for you to park?

Share your experience’s in the comments below.

The Digital Mum spreading the word about the Digital Lifestyle

Whilst helping you find your calm in the digital noise

So you can simply live your digital life

Because there is another way!
The Digital Mum spreading the word about the Digital Lifestyle
Whilst helping you find your calm in the digital noise
So you can simply live your digital life
Because there is another way!
The Digital Mum

 

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