I’ve been violated – without any lubricant.

Yesterday, I attended a business breakfast to listen to Martin Ward, the MD and CEO of AP Eagers Limited speak about his company – past, present and future.

I’m a minor shareholder and the invitation was provided by Charlie Smallhorn, my broker at Morgans Stock Broking. The event, just 75 minutes of it, was held at the Brisbane Club, right next door to Post Office Square. I’m not a public transport person so left my home at Sandgate at 6.20, picked up my morning coffee at Blume Brighton and hit the Gateway.

Apart from the typical holdup at the Deagon merge, traffic was pretty light. I arrived in Adelaide Street at 6.58am and parked at Secure Parking in Post Office Square. And I even met Martin Ward as I walked out of the car park. We shared an elevator to the 3rd floor. How good was this?

As the keynote speaker, Martin gave the one hundred or so attendees a good broad-brush of the history of AP Eagers Limited from 1912 to the current day and pondered the next ten to twenty years. (Interesting speech and motivated me to buy another 5000 AP shares that morning).

When Martin had finished speaking and the meeting wound up, Charlie and I scurried for the elevator rather than being held up or using the stairs. I popped next door and went to pay for my parking.

I’d been there a whole 1 hour and 46 minutes. In at 6.58 am and out at 8.44am. I figured I’d be up for about $40 in parking fees. WRONG!



58c per minute. Was I violated?

So Secure parking had charged me $61.50 for 106 minutes of parking. 58c per minute for using a piece of concrete. AND, they charged me a surcharge of 2.5% for using a credit card. Wonder if the ACCC will be interested in this, at least for the surcharge.

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