For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. Jim in CT

    Jim in CT said, about 2 years ago

    That’s right – if she’s already gotten the ticket, there’s no rush.

  2. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, about 2 years ago

    At first I thought the meter guy was having a pen cap in his mouth, not a cigarette. (I sure would like to know how do they keep track of the meters without having to walk on by.)

  3. Gigantor

    Gigantor said, about 2 years ago

    Funny thing. Most of the meter maids working around these parts do actually smoke on duty. I guess one of the attractions of the job is that they work outdoors and can smoke anytime.

  4. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    They usually “boot” the front wheel.

  5. trekman58

    trekman58 said, about 2 years ago

    John is going to have some things to say about all this later!

  6. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Lynn’s Notes:

    We have a very dedicated parking authority here in North Bay. Leave your vehicle parked and unpaid for, and you will definitely receive a ticket. This reminds me of a story…It was my birthday and friends had taken me to lunch at a favourite restaurant. I had so much fun that I forgot about the meter running outside. When I left the building, there was an attendant — diligently writing a ticket as he leaned on my car. Naturally, I cried, “Wait! I’m here! I forgot!” He kept on writing.

    I stood and watched him, and when he looked up, he smiled. I was carrying a gift bag and huge bunch of helium filled balloons. “Is it your birthday?” he asked. I said that it was. I reached out to take the ticket, but he tore it up in front of me and put it in his pocket. “Have a good one.” He said…and he got on his bike and rode away. I thought it was time somebody said some- thing GOOD about the guys who check the parking meters!

  7. mkdonly1

    mkdonly1 said, about 2 years ago

    Well played!

  8. Observer fo Irony

    Observer fo Irony said, about 2 years ago

    I know of one city that had parking meters which allowed you to pay up to 2 hours; some construction workers were taking a lot of spaces so the Parking Authority claimed that the 2-hour limit was the maximum time you could be that space.

  9. Jean

    Jean said, about 2 years ago

    in our town they did away with most of the coin meters and replaced them with credit/debit card meters, you run your card, pick a time and it spits out a receipt that you place on your dash on the passenger side, that can still run out of time but it also stops you from leaving time on a meter for someone else to park on your nickel. When you leave the spot even if you have a lot of time left, the next person has to run their card, and your receipt is only good for that one spot.

  10. Paul

    Paul said, about 2 years ago

    Who can blame her?

  11. raslen

    raslen said, about 2 years ago

    i HAVE ACTUALLY DONE THIS and the cop laughed and walked away I was gone about two hours my car was still there no extra ticket, no, boot. so Elly is probably safe.

  12. nosirrom

    nosirrom said, about 2 years ago


    Our city replaced the parking meters with smart meters that allows you to use credit or coin. No receipts, the meter displays the time remaining. The new meters also have sensors in the street so that when you pull out any time left on the meter is reset to zero. No one can park on your nickel.

  13. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, almost 2 years ago

    While I agree that Elly’s attitude is just plain wrong, the meter man is neither unattractive nor slovenly. He’s drawn as every other character in the strip is drawn, and for the most part just like most of us – with wrinkles and flaws.
    Getting back to Elly, her attitude shows a lack of respect for the law that is appalling.
    I also have a problem with the cop writing the ticket before the meter ran out. (see panel 3 – he’s got the ticket book already out sitting on her car as we see (hear?) the meter click)

  14. oldman2015

    oldman2015 said, almost 2 years ago

    did you know you don’t have to pay it back they’ll take it ou of your tax refund

  15. summerdog

    summerdog said, almost 2 years ago

    I loved the joke. But it would never work in real life.

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