I wonder if there is some way to trigger the ATM to alert the police. Perhaps if you enter a special code, like your PIN plus 911., the ATM would still act normally so as to not tip off the kidnappers. Behind the scenes, it could send a signal to the police. I know the odds of an officer being nearby are low, but it could bring help faster.
To follow what natto78 mentioned, our city also has several musical organizations that spring from the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community -- Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus, Atlanta Freedom Bands, Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra and OurSong chorus. We share a mission of representing our community through music, but we also welcome people of all orientations to join. We hope our presence on stage provides a point of pride for our LGBT community, a positive example for the broader community, and a reminder that we all need to join voices in the work for equality.
Gabriel, I think you have hit on a good point that was alluded to in the story. If the neighborhood groups could have been involved in the planning of which streets would be metered, what types of meters would be installed and which areas would be designated as entertainment zones, then I think the transition would have gone more smoothly. I know a lot of places that are struggling because they are now in entertainment zones enforced until 10 PM with change only meters. So, even though the spaces are available, a lot of people do not have the means to pay the fees.
Also, if you are using one of the automated meters, be sure to check the clock before you pay. I parked at one that was off by an hour and a half and had to call the Park Atlanta folks to fix it. Several people got tickets because the meter said the time had expired when it actually hadn't.
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