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PT BLOG from Page 39 Ahh, the contractors and UPS. I just had a contractor in a

few months ago ask me how much it would cost to bag three meter spaces for an entire year. It came out to $15,000 or so. He wrote a check on the spot. He realizes that this expense in a $2 million project will pay for itself in lost time, wages and safety. Do you think that $15k was out of his profits? No, it was built into the estimated cost of the project. I respectfully and empathically disagree with you on UPS.

UPS does the same thing. They budget for parking tickets. It’s a cost of doing business, just another expense like gas, wages and trucks. So when the driver has no “fear” of reprimands from his boss for getting a ticket, then the behavior will not change. All they care about is getting the package there by whatever the deadline is because that is worth more than the parking ticket. So, yes, you as a customer are paying those tickets. I wonder if Professor Shoup could rewrite his book and call

it “There is no such thing as free XXXXX.” Shipping could be one of those X’s. Amazon, Target, Neiman Marcus offer free shipping to you as the customer for a couple for reasons. One is there is a cost to ship the item to the store to put on the shelves. When you buy it online, it comes direct from the warehouse, so they spend a little bit more to ship it to you, but they save the other costs. Amazon (for example) has limited physical infrastructure. So the book you buy on has fewer expenses associated with it than it does at the Barnes and Noble bookstore. From JVH: A couple of comments for Charlie – The end of civilization is near if we believe that there are

only two reasons to work – promotion or punishment. Is there not a third reason – work for work’s sake? Do not we go to work to feel good about what we achieved in our job? I think this attitude is the difference between a Eurocentric

approach and an American approach. Europeans work to have a vacation (six weeks, plus 10 holidays). Americans work to accomplish something – build a car, fly an airplane, grow the best crops, create a better parking environment, whatever. We have the greatest productivity on the planet. It’s not

because people are afraid they will be fired. It has to do with their attitude. If we accept the third position – that of work for work’s

sake – then how can we create an environment where people park properly because they think it’s the right thing to do (like driving the speed limit, not robbing banks, etc.)? We need to think outside the box and change behavior

because people want to change the behavior, not because they HAVE to change or be punished. If most people followed laws only because they might be

caught breaking them, and not because they knew their action was wrong and they wanted to do right, we would have anar- chy. We could have no freedoms. It would be “1984” in spades. As for the contractor and simply building in fines in their

costs, is that what we are all about? If that is the case, then all you have to do is be rich and you can flout any rule or regula- tion. Just park wherever you want and pay the ticket – to hell with it.

Seems to me that defeats the entire concept of why we have

parking enforcement rules. Unless, of course, the underlying reason for the rules for parking is to collect money for the city. If that is the case, then who cares.

Parking Today

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