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  1. #1
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    Parking Meter Fairy has Pink Curly Wig

    As the man in a pink curly wig, a lavender tutu and diaphanous angel wings skated along the streets of Miami's trendy Coconut Grove area, a woman sitting at a table asked him if he was a fairy of some sort.

    "Yes," he replied, "I'm the parking meter fairy."

    Thank you," said a man at the same table, before giving the fairy a cigarette in appreciation for his kindness.

    The fairy chatted briefly with them while taking a few puffs. Then he was off on his appointed rounds -- putting quarters in parking meters about to expire. As he was leaving, the man at the table said, "Long live the meter fairy."

    Hired to skate around the Grove adding 15 minutes to a visitor's time at the curb, Xavier Cortes is a popular figure. He provides relief from the pesky parking tickets that threatened to discourage patrons from returning to restaurants and shops.

    His job was created when a business owner in Coconut Grove grew tired of getting parking tickets for missing the meter by a minute or two. Cynthia Bettner, publisher of Best Tourist Publications Inc., advertised in the Miami New Times for a "colorful one-of-a-kind extrovert who looks good in tulle."

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/loc...fla-news-miami

  2. #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Casshew
    As the man in a pink curly wig, a lavender tutu and diaphanous angel wings skated along the streets of Miami's trendy Coconut Grove area, a woman sitting at a table asked him if he was a fairy of some sort.

    "Yes," he replied, "I'm the parking meter fairy."

    Thank you," said a man at the same table, before giving the fairy a cigarette in appreciation for his kindness.

    The fairy chatted briefly with them while taking a few puffs. Then he was off on his appointed rounds -- putting quarters in parking meters about to expire. As he was leaving, the man at the table said, "Long live the meter fairy."

    Hired to skate around the Grove adding 15 minutes to a visitor's time at the curb, Xavier Cortes is a popular figure. He provides relief from the pesky parking tickets that threatened to discourage patrons from returning to restaurants and shops.

    His job was created when a business owner in Coconut Grove grew tired of getting parking tickets for missing the meter by a minute or two. Cynthia Bettner, publisher of Best Tourist Publications Inc., advertised in the Miami New Times for a "colorful one-of-a-kind extrovert who looks good in tulle."

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/loc...fla-news-miami
    In our city a woman was charged with obstruction of justice when she put an extra quarter in the expired meter of the car ahead of hers because she saw that the "meter maid" was walking towards the car!

    Can you believe it?

    Good ol' Nova Scotia!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lakergirl123
    In our city a woman was charged with obstruction of justice when she put an extra quarter in the expired meter of the car ahead of hers because she saw that the "meter maid" was walking towards the car!

    Can you believe it?

    Good ol' Nova Scotia!

    These kind of things are why people are afraid to help one another. You try to do the right thing and you just get beat down.

  4. #4
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    About 20 years ago

    There was a man who dressed in a tutu and roller skates and skated up and down a main drag in central Denver, Colfax Ave. Unfortunately, I don't think he fed parking meters.
    This is my opinion, and change is good.