So I’ve had to work through my lunches and stay significantly late after work for 3 days now. I get out of work 45 minutes late tonight and when I arrive at the gate to leave the parking garage, somebody is already waiting there.

After about five minutes of waiting, I realize there is something wrong and this person must be stuck. I wait another 5 minutes and see them press the call button which I assume they had tried before already. I wait yet another 5 minutes and decide to get out of my car and go see if this person needs some help. It turns out when he came into the garage, the terminal never dispensed him a green parking ticket. And because he didn’t have an entry ticket, he couldn’t put it back into the terminal to pay to leave. So I press the call button, explain the situation to the lady, and ask her to please get somebody to come down. Ten minutes, 4 cars in line, and another person approaching his car later, I decide that the poor guy has waited long enough, so I run back up to his car and insert my own green ticket and validation tickets. He asked me ” what about you?”, but I figured we had already called somebody and they would be down eventually, so I told him it would be okay.

Ten minutes, 4 cars in line, and another person approaching his car later, I decide that the poor guy has waited long enough, so I run back up to his car and insert my own green ticket and validation tickets. He asked me ” what about you?”, but I figured we had already called somebody and they would be down eventually, so I told him it would be okay.

As he was driving away, I heard him shout out the window thank you. I shouted back “pay it forward!” And he said “absolutely!”

I get back into my car and pull forward, nervous about being the first one in line and having people walk up to complain about how long it’s taking. But then I look on the floor of my car and see an old green ticket that I had never had to use to leave.

I dig around the bottom of my purse and by some great miracle, find two 50% off validation tickets. I insert the old green ticket for a total of $290 parking fee. And then I put in the two validation tickets I found and it covered the cost entirely.

An initially annoying situation turned into something pretty cool. – Azmaniacle (Reddit) 🙂

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