Free Parking

I have a friend who made a trip to Des Moines, Iowa, a couple of weeks ago. I took him to the St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport and dropped him off for the flight to Iowa, having agreed to meet him four days later to give him a ride home. On the day he was to arrive, I headed to the airport in plenty of time to get there and be waiting for him. I am usually good about checking ahead at the airport, but I forgot to do so that day. When I walked into the arrival terminal and checked the boards, I learned that his plane had been delayed and would be two hours late arriving. When I got into my car to leave (I had been parked in the short-term parking), I noticed the sign: First ten minutes — free parking, . Minutes 11 – 60 — $2.00. Are you kidding me? There is no way anyone could get into that airport, pick up someone who has just arrived, and get out in less than ten minutes. For goodness’ sake, go ahead and charge the $2.00, but don’t pretend that someone can park and leave in less than ten minutes. I was doubly upset, knowing I had to return in two hours and park once more. Besides, I sat in the line of cars ahead of me more than ten minutes. Yes, the attendant received my negative opinion concerning the “free” parking at the St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport.


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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