Ann Arbor, Michigan — October 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Ann Arbor outsources processing of parking tickets


Not surprisingly, there is a huge push to “Buy Michigan” to help our local economy these days. For example, there is Buy Michigan Now,, Buy Michigan First, and Think Michigan Made. With all of this, I was shocked to see this on my parking ticket last weekend:

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Really, Ann Arbor? You’re outsourcing the processing of parking tickets to a firm in Tarrytown, New York? Nobody in the Ann Arbor area or even in Michigan could do this?

So much for rooting for the home team. Lame. Very, very lame.

P.S. You have to pay a “convenience fee” of $3.50 to pay by phone or online meaning it’s actually cheaper to send your payment all the way to New York if you aren’t able to get to City Hall during business hours. Did I mention lame?