I forgot to put any money in the meter when I parked in Dunedin yesterday afternoon.
When I got back to the car I noticed a chalk mark on the tyre and a piece of paper under the windscreen wiper.
I picked it up expecting see an infringement notice but instead saw a meter receipt.
A parking meter angel must have either had time left on his/her receipt when s/he left a neighbouring park and popped it under my wiper or just paid for my park as a random act of kindness.
Whatever the explanation, the meter man/woman must have got to the car when the receipt had just expired and chalked the tyre and given me a few minutes grace before writing a ticket.
In the belief that good deeds aren’t boomerangs we should expect back but batons to pass on, I’ll make sure the kindess doesn’t stop here.