Jim Kraft (Baltimore city councilman, District 1) called the parking authority, who in turn called me. They both insisted the problem would be fixed ASAP. The problem is now worse. As of December 12, 2009 2 dollars buys you negative 1 minute of parking in front of Whole Foods. The meter shows 4:42 and my phone shows 6:43. If you bought a 2 hour pass it would expire 1 minute ago. How much did the city spend on these meters? A writer at the examiner also agreed with me this is ridiculous.
I sent a letter to Jim Kraft's office again. I am not upset about this one meter, I am upset with the disfunction of our system.
If we are trying to encourage folks to move to the city and increase the tax payer base, little things like this are terribly corrosive to that effort.
I am sure the city paid a fortune for these meters. Can't someone enforce the warranty on these meter system purchases? Being a computer guy, I can promise this is a very basic fix in the meter software.
The clocks should be automatically updated daily when the credit card transactions are processed.