What Would You Do?

If you went to the parking machine with your ticket to pay the parking fee (Which happens to be a fairly hefty RM12) and you find a ticket in the machine already paid.


Do you?

a) Look around, take the paid ticket, ditch your unpaid ticket and exit the carpark?

b) Hang around for a while with the paid ticket to see if anyone comes back so you can give it back to them?

c) Hang onto the ticket whilst you pay for yours incase they come back then stick it on top of the machine or back in the slot and bugger off?

d) Pay your ticket and hand the ‘lost’ ticket into the management office so the poor bugger doesn’t get fined?

e) Something else, please elaborate.

Which did I do, and more importantly, which would you do?




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29 Responses to What Would You Do?

  1. tigerjoe March 28, 2006 at 10:11 am #

    In a situation like that, I tell myself that karma can be like a bitch on PMS.

    [C] sounds like a karma-neutral option.

  2. Dzof March 28, 2006 at 10:48 am #

    Life isn’t about being lucky or unlucky. It’s about seeing opportunities when they come and taking full advantage of them.

    (a) or (b)

  3. Terry March 28, 2006 at 11:19 am #

    i’ll do the exact same thing i WANTED people to do to me if i happen to lost my PAID ticket.

    We’re all Budhha

  4. Steffy1811 March 28, 2006 at 11:22 am #

    As a Malaysian IN Malaysia, I’d use the paid one without ditching my unpaid ticket. What happens if you need them for some unforseen complications? ^_^ But as a Malaysian IN USA, I’d go for D the donkey. Yeah yeah a big hypocrite, so what? ^_^

    Cheers from Michigan, USA

  5. meekie March 28, 2006 at 1:13 pm #

    Maybe E – a combo of (A)take the paid ticket and (D) hand the unpaid ticket to the management office then exit.


  6. jian March 28, 2006 at 1:19 pm #

    I always lost my parking tickets (I am dumb). And there were few times i lost my tickets after paid.

    But i never found my tickets at the parking machine. ;(

    No use also if you hand the ticket to management office. coz i went management office to look for tickets few times, they asked me to pay extra 20 or 50, although i’d paid.

    The best way still stick on the top of the machine. 😉

  7. harry March 28, 2006 at 2:22 pm #

    I will use the paid ticket without much hesitation coz I know whoever that paid ticker owner is (in particularly Malaysian) will not be thankful to me if I returned it to him/her.

  8. jian March 28, 2006 at 2:26 pm #

    dear harry, i will if you do. because you will nvr understand the feeling of losing a ticket many times. ;(

  9. p-chan March 28, 2006 at 3:14 pm #

    Take paid ticket and leave unpaid ticket on top of machine. That’s the most logical thing to do!

  10. YY March 28, 2006 at 3:35 pm #

    i’ll hang around abit, if no one comes back, i’ll take the paid ticket, and keep my own ticket, just in case the paid ticket has expired.

  11. crazylogy March 28, 2006 at 3:45 pm #

    Option A, but i’ll switch with my tickets (not paid at all) and bugger off. y? a lesson to the owner’s ticket i presume… but anyhow no offence… if u make a mistake once, i am sure u won’t make the same mistake again? Would u?

  12. dcyk March 28, 2006 at 3:51 pm #

    ahahaha, i’ll take the paid ticket(after checking if the time to exit is still valid), then put my unpaid ticket on top of the machine.

    i once found a 80GB hard disk on top of a parking machine with nobody around. i just pocketed it and left, i mean if i don’t take it, the next ordinary joe will take it right. and if u hand it into security u don’t even know what they will do with it.

    I’ve found gold chains on two occassions, and on both of them, i pawned the chains off and took the cash to spend on myself 😛 many many years ago.

    And oh ya shaolintiger, were you in front of passion/poppy garden last saturday… hehe saw u there.

  13. foodcrazee March 28, 2006 at 4:18 pm #

    lolz…..opportunist indeed. I’m not sure what i will do, havent been in this situation b4…

  14. Dabido (Teflon) March 28, 2006 at 4:47 pm #

    ‘d) Pay your ticket and hand the ‘lost’ ticket into the management office so the poor bugger doesn’t get fined?’

    No brainer. [Yes, I think you did this as well!]

  15. decoding galvin March 28, 2006 at 4:48 pm #

    With the petrol price hike and other expenses growing…I’ll ditch the unpaid ticket and take the paid ones.


  16. Adam March 28, 2006 at 5:43 pm #

    I would choose #d and I would hope that others would do the same thing for me too.

    Of late I found out that doing the right thing really feels good. It may be my immagination but something nice always happens to me whenever I do a good turn.

  17. Integrity March 28, 2006 at 6:03 pm #

    Do the right thing of course.

    RM12 isn’t going to make a difference monetory-wise, so i’ll opt for D.

    It’s sad for Malaysia to see that the other options seem very viable to others… how to be a morally developed country if you’re going to cheat over something as small as a parking ticket?

  18. ShaolinTiger March 28, 2006 at 6:30 pm #

    I paid for my ticket and waited around for a while to see if the person would come back to look for the ticket (probability is if they did come back it would be within 2-3 minutes as they would reach the exit and realise they didn’t have the ticket any more). The guy did come back and was extremely grateful that I had his ticket.

    I would have handed it to the management office if he hadn’t of come quickly.

    I’d go for the good Karma option 🙂

    It is sad to see many Malaysians would take it as an opportuniry for a free ticket..but well I would like someone to return my ticket, not steal it..So I would afford other people the same treatement. Treat others as you wish to be treated.

    Malaysians always complain about their countrymen being rude and impatient, without morals etc.. But they themselves do the same things “Because everyone else does?”

    This is NOT a valid reason, everyone has to try and make changes, eventually the changes will happen.

    dcyk: Yah was in front of Poppy Saturday night, it was me, with a nice pink t-shit IIRC 😉

    Adam: I agree, have experienced doing bad things…and then having bad things happen to me, and vice versa, so definately better to do good things 🙂

  19. yothemans.com March 28, 2006 at 6:47 pm #

    I would make sure my ticket are paid first then I’ll consider other options.

    You dont want to get your car clamp like mine do you?

  20. james March 29, 2006 at 1:19 am #

    Take both ticket together…

  21. mahagurusia March 29, 2006 at 9:26 am #

    look for numbers on ticket and go buy lottery.

  22. in March 29, 2006 at 10:08 am #

    ST said…..Malaysians always complain about their countrymen being rude and impatient, without morals etc.. But they themselves do the same things “Because everyone else does? “This is NOT a valid reason, everyone has to try and make changes, eventually the changes will happen.

    Agree with ST. I’m also sick and tired of malaysian’s complaining all the time. If you want to behave like a idiot, that’s your call, but please don’t make sweeping statements that Malaysian’s are *state your preferred negative trait*. I don’t believe in monkey see – monkey do mentality.

    I believe in the ‘Do unto others…..” mantra. Didn’t we learn anything in civic class when we were school? Didn’t our parents bring us up well?

  23. aw March 29, 2006 at 10:22 am #

    Yeah, I’ll go with Adam too.

    BTW, if Paul is reading this and didn’t catch this on autoblog:

    In a poll relevant to ownership experience and reliability:
    “The biggest villains? Peugeot’s 206, Mercedes A-Class and the not-so-dearly departed Rover 25.”

    Peugeot 206… the car that Naza is going to rebadge. Bastards.

  24. KY March 29, 2006 at 10:35 am #

    B, but only for 5-10 minutes. After that I’ll replace my ticket with the paid so when the guy comes back, he’ll just have to pay again. Not too hefty for a silly mistake, still cheaper than reporting lost ticket.

    .. and wtf do they need to have us pay like 1 week’s parking fee for lost ticket?

  25. VC March 29, 2006 at 3:29 pm #

    Hi ST,

    First time commenting here. I’ve actually left my parking ticket at the machine a couple of times (slot ticket in -> pay money -> collect change -> get receipt -> cabut) and am very fortunate to find my ticket on top of the machine when I came back. For me, the only sensible thing is to do the same in return. No use bringing to the management office – the people there earn a cut from your fine, so they’ll rarely tell you if your ticket was brought there.

  26. ShaolinTiger March 29, 2006 at 5:35 pm #

    in: Totally man, everyone needs to make some kind of effort…things don’t happen on their own right!

    KY: Sensible enough as usually after 15 minutes of paying the ticket expires anyway.

    VC: Welcome, hope to see you around more 🙂 I guess you’re right, best option is leave it on top of the machine (Karma Neutral).

  27. Murray H. March 29, 2006 at 7:12 pm #

    I think a) would be the most financially rewarding provided you don’t get caught. You could always take a walk through Petaling Street later and drop a couple of bucks in the bucket 🙂

  28. rkaru March 31, 2006 at 10:52 am #

    It actually happened to me at Gurney Plaza, Penang last week, went to pay my ticket, found a paid ticket sticking out of the machine.

    I took it out and stuck it to the machine, where it’s easily visible. Paid my ticket (it was only RM2.50) and left. As I was reversing my car out, I saw a lady driver panickly double-parked her car near the entrance, rushed out (didn’t even close her door) to the machine.

    Lucky her, I had been there for a while and my fee came up to only RM2.50. 😉

  29. Ruben March 31, 2006 at 11:13 am #

    as much as i agree with ST’s speech about Malaysian’s and the ‘tidak apa’ attitude – wtf?? do we really need a brit to wake us up or teach malaysians on how to be malaysian? isnt it pretty obvious that our social structure is pretty fucked up? this is not a personal attack on st as his blog has help filled many bored hours whilst at work. the point i’m getting at, if you read the comments above you’ll note that the sentiments change once st replied. this is truly typical of malaysians. we’ll alwiz believe that watever the mat salleh says must be the gospel truth. sad. if i was in such a position, i’ll ask around – ‘who’s ticket is this’.. if no one answers – then it must be my lucky day! (provided it hasn’t expired and i’ll swap it with mine) dear st, i ain’t dissing you, just expressing my point of view, btw i was at poppy too that nite… its my every saturday hang out, though i’ll be having a big party on friday the 14th.. love the place though its kinda claustrophobic.

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