Mister Boffo (2/4/11)

Good thing the man in this strip doesn’t live in Chicago, because if he did he’d need more than a “pocket full of meter money” in order to “park someplace fancy.” He’d need a credit card. Sure, Chicago’s recently privatized parking meters take coins, but those quaint units of currency will only buy you so much time. If you’re parking downtown, you’ll need an entire roll of quarters to pay for two measly hours. Where will those ten dollars go? Into the city’s coffers to pay for road maintenance? No, they’ll go to Chicago Parking Meters, LLC, which paid more than a billion dollars for the right to gouge drivers. Where did those billion dollars go? Well, judging by the potholes near my house, they didn’t go into road maintenance.

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