2014 Mazda CX-5: Parking Snafu
December 05, 2013
I think I insulted a parking lot in a former life. That's the only explanation I have for the bad airport parking-structure karma that I've been suffering.
A couple of weeks ago, it was low tire-pressure warning lights on all four tires. Got that resolved. This time, I returned from a weekend trip and got a bit of the third degree from the parking facility's manager when I turned in my ticket for the 2014 Mazda CX-5.
Manager: Is this your car?
Me: It's my company's car. Is there something wrong?
Manager: You work for [unintelligible]?
Me: No, I work for Edmunds. (Then, in a slightly more urgent tone) Did something happen to the car?
The car was fine. To make a long story short, a fleet management company that handles press cars uses this airport parking facility, and the parking facility directly bills the fleet management company for parking as various journalists comes and go in press vehicles.
I never said or implied I was an employee of the fleet management company, but I think some overzealous employee saw the firm's info on the key chain for the CX-5 and jumped to a conclusion. I paid my parking bill, and that was that. But it was a mystifying encounter for a couple of minutes
I think I'll go sweep up some parking-lot trash and see if that will spruce up my dharma scores.
Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 20,830 miles