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Welcome to Hell

Top screen cannot be read in daylight and complex print is too small to be read without a magnifying glass

Key pad requires 6 week course on computer programming and languages

Cash card panels at suitable height for 10 year olds and not possible for `old geezers`

Coin slot fumbles coins all around on the ground ( good for kids..see below)

Bottom panel card flash panel suitable for use by 4 year olds or persons in prams

Car details, bank details, life history etc required

Machine cuts out after 30 seconds if you have not met its demands!

Go to end of carpark to find car and memorize the numberplate 

Go to back of queue and start again and keep repeating number in your head and watching what the others do to survive or be exterminated by the woman in the uniform with a laser! 

Still..It`s France, and sunny and the wine is ok and there are people in yellow vests looking for a project !!!

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I had a similar experience in Stratford on Avon, machines are not intuitive at all, and interesting there were no other language options..

 

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Encountered one of those horrors this summer in Arles. Agree with everything you said. Even the charming French lady who offered to help was perplexed - and she was une arlésienne!

JV

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Two appalling examples in Oxford.

Thornhill Park and Ride always had people helping each other with them. Until they were recently replaced and now it needs an attendant.

And the city's on-street parking machines are impossible until you're initiated.

But they're good for meeting people.

Jonathan

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Similar one in Purley War Memorial Hospital - had to shade the screen with my cap to be able to read it!

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I have experienced the Thornhill park and ride; I hope not to do so again.

Similar machines exist elsewhere.

I dislike the RingGo telephone operated system. I had to use it recently and they had held a car number plate from a padt booking. Not from a car I have owned, it might have been a hire vehicle or a friend's car. I don't think I authorised them to keep this data.

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We have them in Sheffield, they are solar powered, and it turns out that they stop working if someone puts a printed laminated copy of a solar panel on top of the real one, it took them a while to figure that one out.

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Reminds me of the tale of the old coin-operated gas meters.  When they came to empty them there were very few coins in the coin box but it was very rusty.  People had worked out that you could cast ice 50ps in the freezer that tricked the coin mechanism and then melted, leaving no evidence of counterfeiting.

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You could also uncouple the gas box turn it round and dial went backwards some one told me 

derek

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Were external magnets really powerful enough to slow domestic meters?

There's another great story about the man who buried some coils in his garden near the Crystal Palace transmitters in order to steal electrical energy, and was convicted.

Jonathan

PS: In the summer of 1970 a common room at my school got its first colour TV. The signal from Crystal Palace was so strong that the green of the Wimbledon grass gradually bled across the entire screen. I discovered that if you removed the coax aerial plug and held it a few mm away from the socket it worked fine.

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Did a job years ago said to the house owner ,,we will have to knock all your electric of and pop next door se if we can plug an extension lead into her garage ,,,,he said it’s ok use my outside shed plug , it wont work I said  we have to disconnect all your electrics , so he took our extension lead plugged it in the shed ran it back to the house and said there you go,,,when he went to work , we went for a look his shed backed up to a wooden fence directly behind was a big street light ,,,,,he had taken the cover of the light drilled through the back of the light into the shed put a socket in the shed  

derek 

could write a book on things have come across over the years in  the building  trade