I went to visit my sister in Arizona recently. When I arrived at Midway Airport on a Friday afternoon, I parked my car in the economy parking lot — it cost $14/day. My flight arrived back in Chicago that Sunday night. The way the rates worked out, I owed a full three days worth of parking costs — $42.
When I pulled up to the parking lot cashier, I grabbed my ticket from the nearby cup holder and reached for my wallet.
That’s when I saw a sign on the booth.
It said that anyone who did not have a ticket would be charged for a full day’s worth of parking.
So if I gave them my ticket, I would owe $42. If I lied and said I couldn’t find my ticket, I would owe $14.
What was the right thing to do?