Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Better Ideas From England: Parking Fines for Slow Shoppers

"McParking row as slow eaters are fined"

Problem: People parking their cars in McDonald's lot (car park in England) and walking somewhere else.

And it's not just Ronald's problem.

Solution: Set up a plate-recognition system to ID cars that park too long. Then turn late departures over to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) for collection.

The parking fines are around £125 (roughly $250 USD): Not exactly pocket change.

I see good news and bad news here.

Good news: Executives will be delighted with the knowledge that their car parks aren't crowded with non-customers, or with customers doing Christmas shopping.

Bad news: Employees won't be too pleased as they're let go, when customers go to places that don't cost a day's pay or so for parking too long.

(I could be wrong: I'm assuming that Britain's regulated economy allows employers to let employees go, when business is bad.)

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