Spelling refresher might be just the ticket



Downtown Pomona’s ticket machines for its parking lots have been controversial since their installation in 2012, as many people don’t notice the signs or realize they have to check in at the machines and thus get a $58 ticket for time that would have cost $1 or $2. Some 1,000 parking tickets per month are being issued. But the system’s perceived failings run much deeper, into unexpected territory: poor spelling.

A recently installed parking lot sign, above, said rules would be “strickly” enforced. A business owner who is a stickler for good English pointed out the mistake and a strict official made sure the error was fixed — but not before a photo could be snapped for posterity.

But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. I have searched for free street parking to avoid parking in the lots because I didn’t want to have to figure out the technology, but on a recent Sunday I resolved to try it out. Shockingly, when I¬†examined my receipt I learned that I had “payed.”

Is it possible that this misspelling of “paid” has been on every receipt since February 2012, probably tens of thousands of them, and nobody — nobody official, at least — has noticed?

Suggestion for City Hall: Use some of the proceeds from your $58 parking tickets to buy spelling primers!


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  • Bob House

    Yet many dimwits continue to loudly proclaim that a degree in liberal arts or English is worthless. Seems that employing an English major could save an enterprise a lot of embarrassment, not to mention “re-do” costs. Full disclosure: I’m an old English major who is even careful to send grammatically correct texts.

  • Andy Sze

    “Payed” in technical terms is past tense of “pay” as in “pay out”. Pay out is the reeling of wire/cable/chain ( whatever you want) from a drum. So they could be using “payed” to describe the dispensing action of the receipt.

    • Andy Sze

      Definition number 10 refers to payed as letting out slack in ahttp://www.thefreedictionary.com/_/dict.aspx?rd=1&word=pay

      • davidallen909

        You may be cutting them too much slack.

  • Lois Robbins

    David, check out the signs in the county parking lot in the City of Pomona. “Will” is spelled “wil” on several of their signs. It has been like this for years.