Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Yesterday we went to the beach, in Greystones.
There's a handy carpark, next to the beach, and a playground. It's been there a long time, and it's a couple minutes walk outside the town itself.

It seems I haven't been there in a while, as a friend came down to warn us the warden was giving out tickets - oddly he got me, and the friend parked beyond, but not the friend parked in the middle of us.

I was a bit irate as I hadn't seen a sign, the meter had been out of my view. And it's forty bloody euro. I could swallow twenty euro, maybe, with better grace, but forty feels like a rip off to me.
Of course he said he couldn't take them back, though we're told that's only the gardai, the private guys can., Feckers.

However, when I came back to the car and loaded in my tantrumming psycho daughter, I shut the door on the screaming for a second and looked up.

I'd parked right under the giant pay parking sign.

That's why I didn't see it.

You have to laugh, I suppose.


Ciara said...

Oh GAG! Yes. That was such a pain. Even though I knew we had to pay, I always forget. So it's my own fault, but I still feel ripped off too. It is a bit steep isn't it?

Lottie said...

The new Pay Parking system is required as people just abandon cars around Gresytones. Many a time I have gotten tot he end of my road and been blocked in by two cars entirely blocking the roadway - it's infuritaiong. Of course they still do it occasionally despite the viscous warden.

jothemama said...

WEll, I won't deny that's infuriating.

Still. 40 quid for us, the reasonably law abiding - surely the abandoners don't come back to pay the fine? Or are they temporary abandoners?

Still. 25 still sounds reasonable to me!

Ms. Moon said...

I would have missed it too. Bad ending to a beach adventure.

Lottie said...

I agree that €40 is too steep! I fricken hate Greystones when it comes to parking. You should always pop up to us if you ever need to throw the car somewhere - we're only a few mins from the beach.

Xbox4NappyRash said...

55 here for parking outrside my own feckin house once.

Holemaster said...

I used to get a knock on the door from the nice old lady warden to warn me of the short mean warden who was on his way up the road.

They were probably married.

jothemama said...

Xbox. Ee! Insult to injury.

Holemaster, that's funny. A little story there.

Darren said...

Ah Greystones - the best place in the world... :)