Saturday, April 09, 2016
Avoiding ParkIndy Fraud
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. That's a lesson I've learned when receiving a parking ticket from Park Indy, the private consortium that has a 50-year lease to operate the parking meter assets of our fair city of Indianapolis. Never mail the payment for your $20 parking ticket to Park Indy in the envelope provided to you online. Regardless of when you mail the payment, it will not arrive within the 7 days that automatically triggers a doubling of the parking fine from $20 to $40. It will sit in the mail room because the folks who run the enterprise know that just delaying the processing of parking fines received by mail allows them to double the amount they collect from parking fines. Make the payment online so there is no possibility of the folks entrusted with processing the payments from sitting on your parking fine payment until the fine doubles. It's pretty sad when a supposed government enterprise is run like the back alley operations our Attorney General's consumer protection division has to combat on a daily basis.