“Permit” Me To Explain

, , , , | Friendly | September 24, 2018

(I work in the office of a regional park that requires vehicle permits. The annual permit option is a sticker that must be affixed to the windshield. I am working in the office by myself when a man comes in to buy a new permit, as his old one has expired.)

Man: “I’m not going to put this on right away. I’m just going to set it on the dash for now, okay? I still have to take the old one off.”

Me: “Actually, it does need to be attached in order to be valid.”

Man: “Okay, I’ll tape it to the windshield.”

Me: “I’m sorry, but it needs to be attached by its own adhesive. We aren’t the ones who enforce it; it’s the deputies, and you risk getting a ticket if it’s not attached.”

Man: “How many deputies are in the park?”

Me: “Um… I’m not sure if there are any here right now; they come through at random times.”

Man: “Do you ever talk to them?”

Me: “Well, they—”

Man: *interrupts me* “Do you ever talk to them?!”

Me: “Sometimes, but—”

Man: “Well, then, tell them there’s a man in a truck who bought a permit and just set it on the dash for now.”

Me: “They don’t always come in here. Sometimes they just drive through. I can’t—”

Man: “I don’t know why you can’t understand this. I bought the permit. I just don’t want to put it on until I take the old one off.”

Me: “I understand, but—”

(He continued interrupting and arguing with me. If he would have stopped and listened, I would have told him that I didn’t know the deputies’ schedules; they stop in when they have a chance, and usually drive through without coming into the office. Occasionally, they stop and chat, but I have no way of knowing if or when they will do so. Even if they do stop in, I can’t really tell them not to give out tickets; I’m just a seasonal park employee. It was the middle of the week, and chances were he’d be fine, but I couldn’t guarantee that, and it IS against county ordinance to be in the park without a valid permit. Also, I had a scraper he could have used to remove the old permit, but he wouldn’t let me get a word in edgewise to tell him that, either. Personally, I could not have cared less if he had a valid permit or not. I was just trying to keep the guy from possibly getting an expensive ticket! Sometimes I’m not sure why I bother, other than the fact that if he DID get a ticket, he’d likely come back and blame me for not telling him the permit had to be attached in order to be valid.)

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