Parking Meter Meets Park Bench

Now there’s a sick thought. China, in an attempt to make sure that people didn’t sit too long on park benches in Shangdong province, have installed meters. Meters? Yup. Benches are covered in spikes that aren’t long enough to cause harm, but just long enough to make things uncomfortable. If you pay, the spikes go down. When your time’s up, zooom! The spikes come back.

Gees! I know everything is crowded in China, but man, you can’t even enjoy some time on a park bench without paying for it. And to make this o so ironic, the Chinese got the idea from an art exhibit in Germany which was protesting the commercializing of everything. The guy was saying “What if you had to pay to sit on a park bench, and if you didn’t, spikes would come out?” And the Chinese thought “Wow! What a great idea!”

This got me to thinking. What if our Chinese park bench-humper of years gone by was gettin’ busy with one of these benches when his time ran out? Or, worse yet, what if he had, erm, gotten stuck, and knew it was only a matter of time until he was kinda stuck *and* speared? Oh man, that would so totally suck!

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