One definition of gouging is "to cheat out of money– to charge too high a price."
Welcome to the Big 12 Tournament in downtown Kansas City!
I was planning to attend a press screening of a movie at the AMC Mainstreet Wednesday afternoon. I usually park at Cosentino’s Market and end up taking home a sack full of goodies from its kickass bakery.
The AMC Mainstreet validates Cosentino’s parking for up to 3 hours. And if the movie runs a little long – no biggie – it costs a buck.
However all those bets are off when the Big 12 hits town.
So imagine my surprise when entering Cosentino’s garage at 1:30 p.m. and being told by the attendant parking was only available for short Cosentino shopping trips unless I had some kind of special Big 12-VIP Sticker.
If I stayed any longer – like for the screening – my car would be towed!
The Mainstreet’s puny parking validation being null and void during the hoopfest.
Intrepid movie critic that I am, I tried three more garages. Same deal except the third only wanted to bag me for $25.00.
I pressed on.
I’d driven all the way from Overland Park to see the movie, so I tried the lot right behind the Mainstreet.
"2-1/2 hours" I told the attendant.
"That’ll be $30.00," he shot back. "Event parking, sir."
"More like event gouging," I said.
The hell with it, screw the screening, I thought.
Is that any way to treat visitors and tourists coming to downtown?
I think not.