21. Using a Parking Meter

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A: Excuse me, could you help me figure out how to use this new parking meter?

B: Sure, it was confusing for me also. Have you ever used a regular meter?

A: Yes, I understood the old one.

B: Well, on this one you can use coins or a debit or credit card; which one would you like to use?

A: Debit or credit card.

B: OK. Now, do you see what the rate is on the sticker?

A: Yes.

B: OK, now that we know what it will cost, put the money or card into the machine.

A: Yes, I can do that.

B: Wonderful; now, this machine asks you the number of your spot, so put that in also.

A: Yes, I'm ready.

B: All you have to do now is take your receipt and put it on your dashboard.


A: Whoa, I never saw a meter like this before; how do you use it?

B: It's simple, once you do it a few times. Do you know how the old one worked?

A: I never used a parking meter before.

B: So we start out by deciding whether you will use cash or a credit or debit card.

A: Cash.

B: Fine, can you read the rate on the display?

A: Yes, I can.

B: Fine. Now that we know what they are ripping us off for, insert the payment.

A: I'd rather not pay, but I have to.

B: Fine, this machine does not ask you the number of your spot, so we can move on, all right?

A: Perfect, let's do it.

B: Now just check the meter to see how many minutes you have.


A: This parking meter is really confusing. Can you help me figure it out?

B: It's just like the old one, but with new stuff added.

A: Yeah, OK.

B: The first step is deciding on debit or credit card payment, so which one is it?

A: I have coins.

B: Perfect. Now, can you see the rate on the sign?

A: I didn't see that, but now I do.

B: Once you know what it will cost, put the payment in.

A: Here it goes!

B: You are doing great! Let's move on to the next step.

A: I am a little confused.

B: Just make sure that everything registered, and then you are good to go!

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