Sign of the times: gross government management
Original post made by The Real Slim K, Midtown, on Jul 27, 2011
Well, this year, rather than the 10-ticket stamp books, they decided to go to Raging Waters style computer card system for P.A. residents, and just guessing, I'm no reporter, but they apparently ordered too few of these cards and suffered a cash short-fall as a result. There was likely a tense meeting where a solution was ordained by Tyler (I'm greedy like Texans and wear a) Stetson and (the even more ominously-named) rec and park administrator Mr. (give me more) Cash. you think I'm joking about his sir-name, but I'm not. Anyhoo, the winning brainstorm directive/ solution to their economic budgetary malfeasance was to CHANGE the following sentence from their beginning of summary flyer (and website) announcement, (in verbatim), "swimmers purchase swims in advance at discounted prices (NO MINIMUM)..." to this new snazzy flyer/ rule that oddly applies in retrospect to prior season purchases, "swimmers purchase swims in advance at discounted price (MINIMUM OF 10 SWIMS...)"
Do you understand the significance of this uncouth money-hungry change? Keep in mind that I as a P.A. resident go regularly on a semi-private hike at Foothill Park (or as I like to call it, 'Tilden without people'), and the soda machine there at happiness orchard asks me only for a dollar. Why just a dollar? Cause to us, right?, the $1.50 that Golfland and so forth in Sunnyvale charges is...er unseemly.
Well, I will now provide the actual figures for comparison, and keep in mind that this offense will only become worse as the final 3.75 weeks left in the recreational swimming season goes by... Last year, a family of 5 (okay, a little understanding I ask? the P.A. houses built in mid-town about 1950 are really small I know, but some of us just bunk up and make due anyway... you know.. for the sake of the excellent public schools. who's the wise guy who asked whether my family had one or two Asians in it. I refuse to dignify that question with certain affirmation. Well, for a family of 5, last year, you could purchase a 10-ticket childs book that ANY of your kids could use, and you could purchase a 10-ticket adult book that either one of the 2 spouses could use. Minimum purchase? 30 dollars for the kids book plus 35$ for the adults (for 10 swims total), that means 65$. This year? 3 kids X 30 and 2 adults X 35, equals 160$. and here's an offense catch, in fact, if this specific catch did not exist, I would have little reason for complaint. You trusted this organization's earlier flyer that there was no minimum when you purchased your first arbitrary number of swims (I chose 5). But, you see, with this new rule, even with less and less days of summer left, I MUST buy 10 swims minimum for EVERYONE in the family, even for the spouse who works so hard in the dam internet industry (whose stock options supply downpayments for our homes) until late at night that they can likely go swimming only once or twice all summer. Even she.! You see the advantage to Mr. (give me more) Cash, right? People don't use all their prepaid swims. too bad. They lose their cards (even better) no further swims next year. That's profit baby! The public paying for Their ineptitude in budgetary affairs! Screwed. I asked today, since I could not have known at the date of my earlier summer purchase, about this 10 swim rule--and in fact, was ASSURED by this same organization to the opposite: that there was NO minimum!, could I be allowed to purchase only 5 swims for everyone (since that would still equal this 10 minimum rule), and I was told 'no.' 10 swims minimum is the rule, beginning in late summer! before? too bad, and apparently this will still be the rule even on the final summer day the pool is open in Aug.
So, very oddly, the business model chosen by this P.A. organization is NOT the Hoover Institute, but rather Green Acres Mr. Haney, backing up the truck and trying to 'get as much as he can'.
the P.S. of this story? they didn't even have an ID to give my child not present during my earlier summer buy--the cards were 'on order.'
Please, could someone forward this story to San Jose Mercury News for me? I am not the internet stock option spouse. Thanks very much.
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