Let's say you parked at a meter and put in 50 cents, but only used about half of that time. Theoretically, the next guy who parks in your spot gets about 25 cents of free time and whatever they add. But what if municipalities were jerks and started cracking down on that?
10,000 pounds. That's approximately the weight of quarters stolen by parking meter mechanic James Bagarozzo from the machines he was supposed to work on in Buffalo, New York. The best part is how he got caught.
The next time you're frantically rushing to plug your parking meter, you can curse Carl C. Magee. Because it was on this day in 1935 that Magee's parking meters made their world debut, much to the chagrin of future drivers everywhere.
You know those centralized card-capable electronic parking meters popping up on city blocks all over? The ones displacing good old coin-op meters? They seem to have a massive security flaw that could allow unlimited free parking.