How are the Muni-Meters by you working out? The one in front of the Queens Chronicle office in Rego Park hasn’t functioned correctly since the week it was installed.
On or about the third day of its existence, it stopped working. A couple months later, a worker opened it up and got it to accept credit cards, but it still wouldn’t take coins when he was done. Incensed drivers have been directed, often by Chronicle staffers who happen to be outside, to the one down the block, which takes both — though it too failed to work at all for several weeks.
Now the one in front of the paper’s office, on the east side of Woodhaven Boulevard one door south of 62nd Road, has a new trick: It takes your card, says you paid, but won’t spit out a receipt.
One fellow who learned that the hard way was a school bus driver and retired NYPD homicide detective who took his wife out for birthday dinner at the restaurant next door Tuesday. He tried to pay the meter at about 6:10 p.m. He kept pressing the receipt button, and the machine kept making a clicking noise as if it were printing one, but the result was nada.
The College Point resident then paid the one down the street, effectively shelling out $2 for an hour’s worth of parking, and told a Chronicle editor he met on the sidewalk how he knows of a block with only two parking spaces where the city installed a Muni-Meter. He contends that was not the best use of taxpayer dollars.
“These things are a ripoff,” he concluded.
It’s a common sentiment.
Two spokespersons for the Department of Transportation declined to respond to emails asking about the schedule for refilling Muni-Meter receipt paper. They took the same approach when queried about nonworking Muni-Meters a month ago.
UPDATE: As of Thursday the machine was issuing receipts again, but still will not accept cash.