Would love to meet this salesman

This story was done a long time ago, I think by Stormland TV News. While I don’t have a problem with the parking attendants using a vehicle like this, I’m curious who was the salesperson was that suckered them into paying $10,000 for an electric trike? Seems a little spendy to me considering you can buy a moped for about $500.

And, didn’t these attendants know what they were getting themselves into when they took this job? Did they think a magic carpet was going to float them around on the streets of downtown.

I have waited tables for 10 years, and I don’t think I have ever seen electric scooters transporting us around the restaurant. Even though Gigglebees had a robotic coyote deliver your pizza.

And mail carriers don’t ride scooters. Only in Sioux Falls would we give in to such a silly request. I guess I would have met half way and gave them a three-wheeled bicycle to ride, one that didn’t cost $10,000 of course.


#1 John2 on 06.01.10 at 8:30 am

Amazing waste. Simply amazing. Folks who wasted this public money should be fired for lack of judgment. Letter carriers and millions of others actually walk as part of their jobs.

Just as everyone cannot be an Olympic athlete not everyone can be a parking attendant. Workers’ comp – my butt, get another job. Most public employees are not responsible for their own healthcare – this culture of dependence exacerbates their dependency.

I suppose that now, for winter patrols, the parking attendants will demand snowmobiles.

#2 Sy on 06.01.10 at 8:41 am

How about we replace all the parking attendants with robots? No work comp claims at all and we can cuss them out and spit on them without fear of reprisal.

#3 l3wis on 06.01.10 at 9:51 am

You may be on to something. Just install cameras on the meters . . . oh wait, we are trying that at the intersection of 11th and Minnesota, and it ain’t working out real well.

I have often said the solution is to tear them out all together.

#4 anominous on 06.01.10 at 3:47 pm

Rollerblades, anyone?

#5 Ghost of Dude on 06.02.10 at 7:15 am

The meters serve a purpose beyond the revenue they bring in. Imagine if all the employees at one of the law firms DT parked on the street in front of their building all day. Now imagine all other DT employees doing the same. There would be no turnover of parking spots and the restaurants and stores would suffer mightily.
Now if you wanted to make all the spots 2-hour parking only, that would make a bit of sense.

#6 Detroit Lewis on 06.02.10 at 8:51 am

Just implement a policy like Minervas and the Diner has, ask their employees not to park on the street, and if the employees don’t follow the rule, reprimend them.

#7 Scott on 06.02.10 at 10:14 am

There’s a coffeeshop downtown that would get my daily business if it wasn’t for the meters. I’m in and out within a minute or two, and while most of the time I waste a quarter I get a ticket every single time I don’t. A $2 coffee suddenly becomes $7.

#8 l3wis on 06.02.10 at 8:31 pm

That bothers me to. One day I walked into Paramount for a drink and it was literally 4:55 PM, so I didn’t put any money in the meter, when I left I had a ticket that was time stamped 4:56 PM. Really? Those meters cause more confusion then anything. I would love it if the city did an audit of how much money they collect on Saturday and Sundays from them. I see people filling them all the time. When I worked at the Pavilion, I would run out the door and tell people not to feed them.

#9 anominous on 06.02.10 at 8:53 pm

Looks like a Dalek.

#10 Ghost of Dude on 06.04.10 at 10:02 am

On a side note, what’s the deal with Art Frahm and women losing their panties while holding a grocery sack?

#11 Plaintiff Guy on 06.06.10 at 4:43 pm

A bigger paintball target. Let them run over your foot and get some big public money bucks.

Motorized vehicle, makes it legal for citizens with Vespas on sidewalks and bike trails.

They’ll buy them at $10K then sell them a year later for $5. Makes it affordable for 4 hour Viagara disabilities.

#12 Plaintiff Guy on 06.06.10 at 4:49 pm

The salesman is a city director brother-in-law. The traffic camera salesman was.

#13 l3wis on 06.06.10 at 10:48 pm

“They’ll buy them at $10K then sell them a year later for $5. ”

Nope, they will just ‘gift’ it like they did with the historic street lamps DT last year.