(No) Thanks, 311

I was parking my roommate’s pick-up truck tonight and the only spots free were meter spots. But is tomorrow (MLK Day) a meter holiday? Hey, I remember all those bus-side ads for 311 — the city-wide phone information service — I can sit here in the warm truck and find out.

Hello, City of Chicago information, how may I help you?

Hi, are parking meters enforced tomorrow?

Huh. I don’t know. Let me put you on hold for a second.

(Silence… have I been disconnected?)

Sir? I’m going to transfer you.

(Ring. Ring. Ring.)

City of Chicago parking enforcement. How may I help you?

Hi, are parking meters enforced tomorrow?

Huh. I don’t know. Gerald, is tomorrow a parking holiday? [distant mumble] OK. Listen to the news tomorrow, they’ll tell you. (Click)

Ah! Listen to the news tomorrow! Because the news knows Chicago better than Chicago does.

(P.S. Tomorrow, it appears, is not a parking meter holiday.)

2 Comments so far

  1. Jade (unregistered) on August 18th, 2005 @ 6:12 pm

    There are only 6 meter holidays in the year. 1. New Year’s Day, 2. Memorial Day, 3. July 4th, 4. Labor Day, 5. Thanksgiving, 6. Christmas.

    sincerely,

    your local frustrated 311 employee


  2. Fuzzy (unregistered) on August 18th, 2005 @ 9:57 pm

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