EZ OUT of Your Pocket

Here is a funny indication of how long I’ve been Car Free DC.

Last week, while shopping at the Pentagon City mall, I saw this: the EZ OUT. Who knew the parking lot fees were automated at the Mall?

Still, the very concept that a mall, dependent on auto traffic as much as Pentagon City is, would actually change its customers to shop there is beyond me.

Wouldn’t you want to make every effort to ease your patrons egress? If only to escape publicity like this WashPost article?

I can see charging for those who don’t shop there, even towing non patrons, but milking your shoppers for $2 bucks a pop for parking? Downright cold-ass extortion.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Married, mortgaged, and soon to be a father, Wayan Vota is in the fast lane to mid-life respectability – until the day his brood finds his intimate journal of global traveling and curses him with the ever-eternal reply “I’m gonna be just like you, Dad!”

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