Sunday, March 10, 2013

Parking Ticket Blues

In a recent survey I conducted, I asked 100 people (50 men and 50 women) the following two questions:
Passenger
Question 1) If a friend offers to give you a lift to and from an event and after the event discovers that he/she (the driver) received a parking ticket, would you:
(a)    Sympathize with your friend and offer to pay half of the ticket?
(b)    Sympathize with your friend and offer to pay all of the ticket?
(c)    Sympathize with your friend and not offer to pay any of the ticket?

Driver
Question 2) If you were the driver of the vehicle and the passenger (a friend) offers to pay half or all of the parking ticket, would you:
(a)    Thank him/her and accept the offer for half of the ticket?
(b)    Thank him/her and accept the offer for all of the ticket?
(c)    Thank him/her and decline the entire offer?

Here are my findings:
Question 1
60% of women vs. 46% of men said if they were a passenger and their friend (the driver) got a parking ticket they would offer to pay half of the ticket.

37% of men vs. 20% of women said they would offer to pay the full ticket.

20% of women felt, while they would sympathize with their friend over a parking ticket, they would not offer to pay any of the expense. 17% of men felt the same with one male citing that he would not sympathize with negligence, as it is a driver’s responsibility to be cognizant of parking rules and regulations.
Summary
A greater 54% of both men and women said they would offer to pay half of the ticket, 28% said they would offer to pay the full ticket, and 18% said they would not offer to pay any of the ticket.

Question 2
23% of men vs. 17% of women said if they were the driver of a vehicle who received a parking ticket after an event in which they offered to take a friend, they would accept their friend’s offer to pay half of the ticket (most men stated, only if the friend were male. If female, they would not accept any offer).

10% of women vs. 7% of men said they would accept an offer for the full cost of the ticket, while 73% of women vs. 70% of men said they would decline all offers.
Summary
An overwhelming 72% of both men and women said they would decline any offer to defray the cost of a parking ticket, 8% said they would accept a full offer, and 12% said they would accept an offer for only half of the ticket.  

Most Popular Combined Answers
35% of both men and women who said they would offer to pay half of the parking ticket, also said they would decline any offer made. 18% of both men and women who said they would not offer to pay any of the parking ticket, also said they would not accept any money offered. 17% of both men and women who said they would offer to pay the full cost of the parking ticket, also said they would not accept any money offered. 30% felt otherwise.

General Responses
Although explanations for answers were not required, most people cited that it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that he/she parks according to parking rules and regulations; therefore, no one should have to contribute to his/her own negligence. However, others believed that in keeping with general etiquette, it is polite to sympathize and offer to pay for some or all of the parking ticket. In the same token—in keeping with general etiquette—most believed that while an offer would be a courteous gesture, they would not accept a single dollar for their own negligence. One male pointed out that due to his cultural norms and practice, his response could only be two things Q1. offer to pay the entire ticket, and Q2. decline the entire offer.

I purposely refrained from rendering any of my opinions in this statistical report, simply because I would rather leave the floor open to hear yours. Please feel free to share your thoughts/comments on my findings.

Thanks to those of you who participated in the survey!
 
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