Act of Kindness: Feed Someone’s Expired Parking Meter

In the hustle and bustle of urban life, where time is often a scarce commodity, one small random act of kindness can make a world of difference. It’s happened to most of us—you’re rushing to finish an errand, and the ominous red glow of an expired parking meter threatens to add an unexpected hurdle to your day. But, instead of seeing a ticket on your windshield, a stranger fueled by goodwill swooped in to feed the meter.

Two parking meters

Why Feed an Expired Parking Meter?

Feeding someone else’s expired parking meter is more than just a bucket list checkmark; it’s a symbol of heartwarming generosity that breaks through the hustle and bustle of city living. The idea is as simple as it sounds: a stranger notices a meter blinking zero and, without expecting anything in return, drops in a few coins or swipes a card to ensure the parking session continues.

And here’s the magical twist: not only does this act make your bucket list more colorful, but it also adds a unique flavor of altruism to your journey. The joy of giving, without seeking anything in return, becomes an integral part of your adventure. There’s a special kind of fulfillment that comes from knowing you’ve brightened someone else’s day with an unexpected act of kindness.

Expired Parking Meter

Is Putting Money in Someone Else’s Parking Meter Illegal?

Expired meters is a scenario that plays out in cities across the globe, and while feeding them may seem like a simple act of kindness, the legal implications are worth exploring.

While the intention behind this act is undeniably pure, the question lingers: Is it legal to fill someone else’s parking meter? The legal standing of this act can vary from city to city, but generally, it’s essential to consider the purpose of parking meters.

Parking meters exist not just to collect revenue for municipalities, but also to regulate the use of limited parking spaces. When someone fills an expired meter, they’re essentially prolonging the use of that parking spot beyond the initially paid time. In some jurisdictions, this could be viewed as an infringement on the city’s parking management system.

Parking meter on a street with cars

The Verdict: Whether filling someone else’s parking meter is illegal depends on local regulations. Some cities explicitly prohibit this practice, considering it an interference with their parking control mechanisms. In contrast, others may turn a blind eye to the act, recognizing it as a heartwarming display of communal goodwill.

For those of you looking to engage in metered kindness, it’s advisable to familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations. While many cities may not have specific laws against topping up someone else’s meter, a respectful approach is crucial. Avoiding interference with law enforcement or parking attendants ensures that the act remains a positive experience for all involved.

So, the next time you find yourself near an expired parking meter, ponder the legality, but more importantly, reflect on the potential ripple effect of your actions. In a world that could always use more kindness, feeding a parking meter might just be the small yet impactful deed that sets a positive chain reaction in motion.

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3 thoughts on “Act of Kindness: Feed Someone’s Expired Parking Meter”

  1. Never though of adding this to my bucket list before, I will definitely be adding this to my own bucket list now though.
    This is a great idea!

  2. I have to say that it is nice to see that someone is looking out for others. I believe that this is something that I will have to add to my bucket list and if I can ever find gainful employment again, I will start living out my bucket list. After all, we only live once.


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