Strikes again! So I dropped my wife and son off at the airport today; they are flying out to Bulgaria to prep for my son's first birthday on April 11th, and I'll be joining them in about a week and a half. At this particular airport (London Luton), there is construction happening on and around it. Part of this construction is occurring where they normally keep the parking payment machines; you know, the ones where you put your parking ticket in, it tells you how much it costs, you pay, you're on your way. Well, I asked one of the workers in the airport where they put them. The woman told me explicitly: "You can use cash at the exit barrier now, so just drive out as normal and pay them there." No problem. Well, it's Easter weekend and security is extra insane, so it took me a bit to get to the car, having withdrawn a bunch of money. I roll over to the exit, aaaand....there's no attendant, and the machine doesn't accept bills. I'm in a one way road with traffic behind me behind a barrier, so I can't just turn around or keep driving. I press the Assistance button, and the guy on the intercom asks me what the problem is. I tell him that I have cash, was told by the airport assistance counter that I could pay with cash at the barrier, etc. This guy then tells me, "You'll have to get out and go to a cash pay machine near the entrance of the car park." I tell him, "Look, I'm at a one way barrier with cars behind me. You want me to get out of the car and walk a quarter mile to the entrance and pay, then come back? I'll be lucky to have a FRAME to come back to, much less a car that hasn't been completely f*cked." And he just says, quote, "You got yourself in this situation, you get yourself out." *Click.* Bad move. I took one of my credit cards and put it into the slot you put your parking ticket in. This confuses the ever loving Hell out of the machine (it's trying to read a ticket) and prompts an attendant to check out the error. The machine reads a magnetic strip; they can be set to process credit cards as well. Thing beeps again and it's the same guy. He asks, "What did you do?" And I told him. He says, "Now I have to switch it to payment processing!" To which I just looked at the camera on it and smiled. Barrier came up and I was on my way. Yeah, it charged my card and I withdrew cash for nothing, but dear Lord was that satisfying.