Why is it that every service, either affiliated or unaffiliated, with a college sucks?
They charge you ridiculous prices for services they can't even adequately provide! I've experienced this in EVERY college bookstore (minus the "can't provide" part), and nearly every other student pandering service.
Most recently, I've encountered this with parking at a student dormitory that I live in, which is unaffiliated with the school. They overbooked the parking for their small spit of spots, and gave us temporary passes every week for the past month. Apparently, if you arrived in the morning of the first day (I got there in the afternoon) or if you were privileged (I can only assume) then you received your permanent. The rest of us? Got the shaft. A month after my initial move in, another college begins classes and another group of students move in. The permanent passes went out to them and, in part, to the rest of us if we happened to get there at the right time, which is a circumstance based on sheer luck, as you just had to have happened to be down there getting your temporary renewed.
Today, I found out that not only will I not be getting my permanent pass for awhile, but I also won't be allowed any temporary passes either, since the lot is so full. Basically, they told me I'm SOL for a service I ALREADY PAID FOR! I tried to convince them to give me one, using the small amount of law I've learned in my 3 weeks as a law student, but it didn't take, and just made them mad at me.
So I decided to try and get a parking pass from the school (it's literally a five minute walk from the dorm), only to find that they didn't allow overnight parking. Well, as I'm not one to give up the fight early, I went to the pharmacy school (right next to my school), the medical school (across the street), the hospital (also across the street) and the hotel (also across the street, but on Holland, not New Scotland). None of them would give me a pass. I looked for public parking around Albany, but it was all really expensive. So here are my options:
1) Keep my car where it is and risk a ticket any day now.
2) Move my car to a side street during the day, and onto a parking meter after six when the meters are free (free all weekend too).