I suspect I could compose a post a day on the ways in which silicon-based devices create carbon-based morons.  Tonight: what happens when you use a smart phone to pay for a parking space in Chicago.  The selling point: you authorize an electronic transfer, and the meter starts running in virtual space.  No locating a cash point, then returning to your car with a printed receipt.  But the meter readers are cutting corners.
In at least three instances provided to NBC Chicago, drivers who used the ParkChicago app to pay for parking received an erroneous ticket on their windshield. They had the receipts to prove they were covered, but for some reason the city's ticket writers failed to get that information.
In these instances, the citizens successfully contested their tickets ... there's apparently enough of a virtual trail to sustain an appeal.  What happens when the server crashes, as inevitably it will?

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