It’s been a couple or three months since I managed to get out and do any photography (outside of choir events), so I was pleased today when we got some bright sunshine. Was still cold mind you, but it gave me a chance to get a couple of hours in Nottingham taking pictures. Not very good pictures, but pictures none-the-less, and I won’t get better by sitting at home doing nothing. So, parked in the Broadmarsh car park, walked around for a couple of hours, took some pictures, headed back to the car park.
Paid my £3 fee, took my ticket back to the car, and put it into a little pocket area on the drivers side door, like I usually do. Drove down to the exit, opened the car window and as I reached the last ramp, went to pick up the ticket. Which wasn’t there. Fuck. Pulled over into the area designed for people who’ve forgotten to pay, and checked the inside of the car. No joy. Got out, searched under the seats, in the door, in the back, all over. Still no sign. Fuck. Locked the car, jogged back up to the 3rd level and searched around where the car had been parked, in case it blew out while I was closing the door. Still no sign. Still fuck. Jogged back down to the car, and had another look. Nope. Gone.
So I walked over to the customer service booth, and there was a guy outside having a cigarette. To be frank, I was expecting a tough conversation. I asked him who was best to speak to with regards to lost tickets. He mulled that over and said, “normally they make you pay the full day rate”. I said, “Yep, it’s annoying, I paid my £3 but I’ve lost the ticket somewhere between putting it in the car and getting down to the exit.” He took a draw on his fag, and said, “well, I don’t want to make you pay again, give me 5 minutes to finish this and then I’ll let you out.” He took my name, told me to wait until I saw him to into the booth and then drive out.
Which I did.
What a nice man. Thanks nice man, whoever you are.
You’ll be pleased to know that I drove about 80 metres and remembered that I’d put the ticket into the ticket slot on the sun visor, because I was worried about it blowing away, and then because the sun was so low in the sky, I’d popped the visor down. Hiding the ticket. I checked at the next set of lights, and yep, there it was. So, thanks again nice man, I didn’t actually lose the ticket, just my mind, but you helped. I’d have been annoyed beyond reason if I’d paid the day rate and then found the ticket.