Buying parking permits is a great way to spend a morning, right? It’s a fun, enjoyable pastime that all Americans enjoy. Sitting around, waiting. And waiting. And waiting. So much fun? Right?
That’s not fun. My bad. I’m sorry. I was mistaken. Buying parking permits is a pain in the butt. Especially so when you’re trying to buy a parking permit when you’re half asleep and stumble upon this page.
it me, ethan lee the 5th year senior that should've expected this sort of nonsense but didn't pic.twitter.com/U7dmcC0Vto— Ethan Lee (@leeethanj) July 19, 2017
Or when you’re trying to buy a permit and stumble upon this page too.
First, before anything else, can we acknowledge how awful this page is? There, in black and white, is a picture of traffic, which is perfectly awful. You want people to enjoy waiting in line online? What better way to do so than to show them a beautiful, artistic picture of everyone’s least favorite activity on this planet: sitting in traffic. Not even colorful, bright happy traffic. Dull, boring, monochrome traffic.
What. A. Joyful. Experience.
But, now let’s dive in to some of the problems that people are having. Such as the website not working. Which, that’s not very descriptive, but it’s a problem that people are experiencing and they tweeted about it so let’s go ahead and run with it, right?
But the website isn't working though‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/kKK3S8glBp— Caleb McBride (@C_McBreezy) July 19, 2017
People are getting kicked out of line once they get to zero, or close to zero.
Just waited from spot 460 to 0 and it sent me back out to the first page without letting me purchase. Thanks @msuprkg_trnst— Mitchell Sones (@sones_theIII) July 19, 2017
Their phone lines are busy?
@msuprkg_trnst it's a perfect day for your phone to go straight to voicemail. Been trying to order a parking permit for an hour and a half.— Ryan McKell (@Ryan_McKell) July 19, 2017
Either the lines are busy or the employees are hiding from angry millennials and their parents. But hey, that’s what twitter is for.
YALL ARENT EVEN ANSWERING THE PHONES??? someone needs to be fired ASAP— Tyler. (@TylerAsh2) July 19, 2017
Like I said, angry millennials.
@msuprkg_trnst so I've been kicked out 3 times and now my wait number hasn't changed in 15 minutes...— Jordan Nichols (@j_nichols17) July 19, 2017
I can think of 100 better ways to do this process. Pls @ me.— Julia Dayoub (@juliapaulinee) July 19, 2017
From what I can tell with everyone crawling into the mentions of @msuprkg_trnst (what an amazing twitter handle, by the way), it seems that very few people are actually making headway when it comes to buying a parking permit. I know for a fact that I haven’t budged in a while in my own quest to buy a parking permit.
For everyone else trying to buy a parking permit: my thoughts and prayers are with you. For the person tweeting for @msuprkg_trnst (there had to have been a better twitter handle, right?): my thoughts and prayers are with you too. For the actual employees of MSU Parking and Transit, my friend Noah summed it up best: