In going to a play at the Lesher Center last night, I parked in the the North Locust Garage, right next door to the center.
As on pretty much most Friday and Saturday nights, when the Lesher Center is staging one or more productions, the garage was charging a Special Event parking fee.
That fee is $5. (Wasn’t it not long that ago that it was $3? I know, I know, the city is facing tough budget times…)
The reason for this special charge, according to the city’s website
, is that the garage uses special event staffing when there are large events at the Lesher Center. Actually, I agree with the city using this strategy on these special event nights. It makes entering and leaving the garage much easier, when you are likely to have hundreds of people, leaving a show and trying to get out of the garage all at once.
However, I was struck by what to me seems to be a contradiction in the garage’s fee policy. So, I pay $5 for the Special Event parking, but the maximum All Day fee that you can be charged is $3. This is according to the city’s Parking website and signs posted at the two entrances to the garage.
How can the city charge $5, when the maximum you would be required to pay daily is $3? Sure, in the grand scheme of things to get bothered about in life, I’ll admit this one rates pretty low, but I’m still scratching my head over it.