John Simpson, of Christchurch, with the coins that poured
out of a Dunedin parking machine yesterday. Photo by
A lucky motorist hit the jackpot in central Dunedin
yesterday, thanks to a malfunctioning parking machine.
Visiting Christchurch sales consultant John Simpson put a $2
coin in an upper Octagon parking machine and it came straight
He put the coin back in the machine but it again came out.
But as he pushed the button to cancel the transaction, dozens
of coins poured from the machine.
''I just thought, this is marvellous ... I will have to come
back and try this meter again,'' he said.
''I rang the parking meter people and they said they would
have someone around in five minutes ... that was 20 minutes
ago,'' he told the Otago Daily Times, as he produced
handfuls of coins from his pocket.
Asked why he was still waiting for someone from the council
to arrive, he replied ''because I am honest''.
''I had a parking ticket in Dunedin once before, so that is
why I always pay for my parking.''
Two men arrived 15 minutes later and took the money ''without
saying 'thank you very much for being honest''', Mr Simpson
''I thought it was pretty bad treatment ... I would have
expected a simple thanks.''
He did not count the coins, but estimated they totalled about
$40 to $60.
A Dunedin City Council spokeswoman said the council was aware
of the incident, but was not in a position to respond to
questions last night.