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Old 07-09-2014, 07:09 PM   #11
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When my kids were born, decades ago, the hospital gave me free parking on the day they were born. But only on that day. Once each for both kids.

I never figured out how they knew. But the guy at the parking booth says "You keep that (money) for the new babys college fund. This ones on the house." The parking ticket was kept in the car and not validated by anyone. To my knowledge names were never correlated to cars or tickets.

I asked him how he knew and he just smiled. And decades later still have not figured it out.

But it made me feel the security people were on the ball.
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:13 AM   #12
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Maybe it is that new parents are the only ones who grin in hospital parking lots.
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:16 AM   #13
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I see we both know the same way to poison rats ... Frankly.. I'm kind of glad they switched me off it to Xaralto or however you spell it since living on the road it is hard to have regular lab tests.

May it work for you as well as it worked for me (Doubled heart effiency)
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Old 07-11-2014, 06:25 AM   #14
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Maybe it is that new parents are the only ones who grin in hospital parking lots.
20 hours on the ticket, tired and happy young man, alone.

Maybe those are the clues.
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:15 PM   #15
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In my neck of the woods, they do not charge anyone to park at the hospital.
That is a city slicker move to make money for the city and the hospital.
It is an insult for someone to charge someone when they are down on their luck. This is one of the things that is wrong with our country!

How did the parking lot attendant know who owned which car?
Probably the hospital administration knew by the time when you parked and the time when the patient was admitted and a description of you given by the nurses at the nursery.
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It is an insult for someone to charge someone when they are down on their luck.
Being down on one's luck excuses freeloading, you think? Makes freeloading a moral right? But there are many whose only life skills are an uncanny ability to get down on their luck. Somehow I doubt you like those people any more than you claim to like most radio hams.

Some hospitals charge just enough to reduce the filling-up of the parking lots, so that there will be a place for people to park when they've got to. Typically they charge just a little more than the cost of maintenance and personnel to keep the parking lot usable.

Others, no doubt, make it a profit center. Why not? It costs money to build parking lots, and if you just don't want to pay your share you can take a taxi.

But no one -- not even a hospital -- is morally bound to provide free parking, or free anything else, at his own expense.
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When I was in a drug study some 15 or so years ago the hospital charged for parking, but as a lab-rat I got free parking (Well, I was, in a way, working for them).

Hospital where I had my heart work done, and where grandson was born, no charge for parking but I am sure the cost of operating the lot is factored into the room and board fees. So the hospital gets their money.

Why the difference... Well the study hospital was in the middle of a college campus so they needed to restrict parking to folks who had business there.. And keep the students out of the structure Else you'd have had to park half way across town.
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