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Parking Scam

Situation puzzles (sometimes called lateral thinking puzzles) are ones where you need to ask lots of yes or no questions to figure out what happened in the situation. These are good puzzles for groups where one person knows the puzzle and answers the questions.

 

Puzzle ID:#5489
Fun:*** (3.07)
Difficulty:*** (2.78)
Category:Situation
Submitted By:Sir_Col*en****

 

 

 



Sir Col was touring Europe in his car and arrived in the city of Zurich, Switzerland. Upon locating a parking space next to a lake he placed enough money in the parking meter for one hour. Two hours later he returned to his car to find a parking ticket on his windscreen.

After a little thought he came up with an idea, and in thirty minutes he was able to drive out of the city without any need of paying his fine. How did he perform this scam?


Answer

He went to the nearest police station and told them, "It is rather embarrassing, but I parked my car a couple of hours ago and I've been looking for it for the last hour. All I know is that I parked it near a lake."

The Swiss police being entirely sympathetic of his predicament and wanting to please a visitor to their city mounted a search operation for his car. They were so happy to have found it that they sent him on his way, feeling they'd done a good deed for an unfortunate tourist.

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Comments

bubblebathe143*
Jul 24, 2002

good though the answer is out of the world.
Drunky*ca
Jul 24, 2002

sorry... i was gonna say thats a really good teaser
NotSoLilGeorge*
Jul 26, 2002

Indeed, it is good.
(user deleted)
Jul 26, 2002

Perhaps Sir Col could have torn up the ticket and left Zurich, never to return. Would the police would put out a man-hunt for an unpaid parking ticket?
bluetwo*
Aug 09, 2002

nice one! i enjoyed it =)
HelloKittyRocks
Sep 15, 2002

i thought he put more money in the meter and told the police
dsquared*nz*
Sep 18, 2002

Great situation teaser, one of my faves I've seen. Good work.
cristos
Sep 18, 2002

after your comments...ugh
flynn
Sep 18, 2002

Good one! The only (dumb) thing I could think of was that he might have put the ticket on a nearby car, hoping that the driver wouldn't check the license number. (I said it was dumb!)
dizzydesien
Sep 18, 2002

What a wonderful idea. I will try it next time I get a ticket!
blinkgoddess182
Sep 18, 2002

I thought it might have had something to do with the currency exchange, but the declared answer works well, too..
(user deleted)
Sep 20, 2002

Uh huh. The Swiss must be different then. If you tried that anywhere near where I live, the cops would say sorry but we're busy busting minor drug offenders.
(user deleted)
Oct 05, 2002

Sir Col, ur a bad influence ;)
speedyg1000*
Dec 08, 2002

I didn't think that they would let him off so easy...but that was a realy good one!
Pheonix_down*
Mar 08, 2003

Ditto to the first comment
horse_luverAca*
Mar 16, 2003

kinda weird... OK... not what I woulda said but that works too...
jimbo*au*
Sep 16, 2003

I don't uderstand the answer. When an infringement notice is issued, the details of the car are entered into an official log. You can't just tear up the ticket or ignore it. What does it matter if the police find the car for him? Won't the infringement still be recorded?
usernameAhk*
Jul 30, 2004

very interesting. but i could never get it because of the lake. are there that many lakes in zurich? i saw the city featured on a tv show and i don't remember seeing lakes.
wabs27*
Feb 08, 2005

If only that would work in NY...
pennylane*
Apr 17, 2005

Nice teaser!
maxpayne5th
Apr 03, 2006

Dam! gotta try that! That was good!
akl21Aus*
Jul 18, 2006

That's wonderful! I'll have to remember that for future reference *joking*
irar1792Aus*
Nov 06, 2006

there's a bit of sarcasm against the police there...
4demo*
May 27, 2007

Clever but not very ethical! Nice teaser!
princess2007A*
Mar 08, 2011

if only i cud pass off as a tourist in NY!! *sigh*



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