Hor­ror movie

Fremantle Gazette - - OPINION - RICHARD PORTLOCK East Fre­man­tle

THIS is just very wrong.

One morn­ing I drove into Fre­man­tle with a friend to have break­fast and watch a movie.

I paid $10.50 for 3.5 hours of park­ing in the cen­tral car park near the mar­kets.

In fact I paid $11 but the me­ter swal­lowed one of my 50 cent coins without reg­is­ter­ing it.

When we ar­rived at the cin­ema we made a last minute de­ci­sion to watch a dif­fer­ent movie than we had planned.

I did not re­alise un­til too late that this was a 147minute long movie in­stead of the 81-minute movie we had planned to watch.

As a re­sult we ar­rived back at the car a half-hour after my park­ing had ex­pired (in fact, at 1.33pm) to find a (com­mis­sion hun­gry?) park­ing in­spec­torhad is­sued me with a $50 fine.

The tim­ing strongly sug­gests that they have been in­structed to per­mit a halfhour lee­way and he was wait­ing for that time to ex­pire.

He beat me back by four min­utes.

Is it any sur­prise that Fre­man­tle town cen­tre is dead most of the year, with many lo­cal busi­nesses un­able to af­ford their rent and rates, when the coun­cil im­poses park­ing fees vir­tu­ally 24-7 ev­ery­where in Fre­man­tle and em­ploys an army of in­spec­tors to en­force that by is­su­ing fines ?

It’s much safer to go to Gar­den City to eat and watch a movie where the park­ing is free.

It’s not as if I was try­ing to evade my park­ing fee.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.