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Saturday, September 19, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Huckleberries Online

DFO: Downtown Parking A Playgoer’s Peeve

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I was stunned that parking for the play was $10. Alarm replaced sticker shock when I realized I had to buy a $10 ticket to place on my dashboard from an automated machine adjacent to the regular orange collection box – and the machine didn't provide change. I thought about driving the car several blocks to River Park Square garage. I resisted the urge to curse the Spokane Parking God who had frustrated me on other occasions. Then, I, in turn, jammed a credit card and my debit card into an available slot and punched buttons. I almost didn't get my plastic back. Finally, when other theater-goers in line appeared equally confused, I folded a $20 bill and squeezed it into the slot for No. 110 in the regular collection box, crossed my fingers and joined my family for "Hairspray" -- D.F. Oliveria/Spokesman-Review.

Question: Have you had a bad experience involving parking?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.