Friday, January 28, 2011

The Parking Slip Fraud

Hey!

You in Delhi? You drive? You park your car? You pay for the parking?

Well, the chances are, you may have, at some point, paid more than what you needed to. There is this new fraud happening in Delhi; and it's being done by the parking wallas.

Now let me explain.

Let's first look at the slip that we are handed (below). This is the most common format of parking slips in Delhi... only the name of the place changes and the rest usually remains same.

Now... if one were to give a cursory look at the slip to find out the 'price' for car, he/she would probably identify it to be Rs 30. Remember, it's a cursory look I am talking about.

And why 30? Of course, because we read from left to right and the number probably comes after the item it represents.

But but but! That's not the case!

This 30 here is for tempo (if you notice, there is no number next to tempo and 30 belongs to tempo). Moreover, that 10 is for car (as opposed to what it looks like at the moment being next to sct or scooter).

And what are these parking wallas doing? Well, they say that 30 is the rate for parking a car for full day... and 20 is the charge for any thing less than full day. So, eventually, they end up charging us 20 bucks... for something that is only 10.

That's plain cheating!

And you know why I say that? Because every damn slip is cut in a manner that shows 10 next to Sct and 30 next to Car. Trust me, it's a neat cut they have been making.

In reality, just before that Sct, there is a 5, which represents the charge for parking a scooter/bike. However, these guys take it off the slip while cutting.

And trust me again when I say that this is happening at a LOT of places in Delhi. It's like the parking mafia in operation.

I caught the thing in first go and asked the particular attendant to show me the whole slip... he smiled, and said 'aap dus hi de do' (you give me 10 only).

I am sure many of us did not/do not realize this thing's been happening and are actually paying more to these frauds.

Read your slip carefully the next time, please!

13 comments:

  1. Very smart!! You as well as the parking mafia!! :D

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  2. Ooo..I dint know abt this..u never told me..
    I'll take a sample parking slip (fraud wali) from u and show it to my friends (who don't come to ur blog :)) to make them aware of this..
    Good catch!

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  3. Nice that you have pen it down.. I am always cautious about this. What I am confused about it what is stopping these guys from actually printing tickets with 20/30 for car..

    If I am correct.. any where it is NDMC parking.. it is 10 rs for car.

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  4. I must say, this dusht has a very smart drishtikone.
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    Shilpa

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  5. Ohooooo the same thing happens in Chennai too, thanks for that info, will take a look next time :-)

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  6. What a mind blowing thing you exposed. Please put a Facebook 'Like' button to like your blog post.

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  7. Aisi teer ki nazar au Kshitij Super... Maan gaye donon ko

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  8. @ Sadiya - Good. Tell me when you manage to catch the first such instance.

    @ Shilpa - haha. Parking Mafia sounds cool.

    @ Addy - you bro

    @ Jaimala - very funny. as i told you the other day, i had shared this with you earlier as well. hmmmm

    @ CB - They cant print new receipts yaar..that would be a very high level crime.. if the govt has stipulated 10 bucks and the receipts say so, they cant go on printing new receipts with 20 bucks on em. vaise, i have a feeling, the prices will soon increase and we will have a new set of official but expensive parking receipts. gaadi tab aur bhi bojh lagegi.

    @ Shilpa - waah waah waah waah. tum gaadi chalati ho?

    @ pal - really, chennai? man. hope you kick some chennai a$$.

    @ Shamit - thanks buddy. i dont think i have an option to put a like button on fb. but you said it here, and that's nice.

    @ anony - thankuji.but whoyouji?

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  9. rightly fought and nicely put ..

    .. i get too irritated by these small time dacoits! .. in Indore, one guy told me - Sir mujhe toh din ka 20 Rs milta hai, sahab ko din ka 500 dena padta hai.

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  10. Well. well.. parking lot was the last place that lacked in the corruption index. I guess it is fast catching up with the other sectors :)
    Brilliant find !

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  11. @ Vinay - Yeah man. That's another thing... but we cant be sure who's lying and who's not. But this on-the-face cheating is damn!

    @ Ini - Thanks dear.

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