‘If you were ever in doubt about the custom-built scientific tyranny in store for us all read on.
It was my job to simply pick up a colleague from Luton Airport. Unexpectedly, I found that there was now a £1.00 “drop-off pick-up airport charge” which allowed me 15 minutes to collect my passenger. My 15 minute time-ration allowed me to spend 10 minutes looking for a space on a gravel-patch that was chock-a-block with cars parked like sardines in a can.
Customers are expected to turn their car on the space of a coin and then there isn’t enough room to open the door. If my friend hadn’t been an ex-driving instructor to stand outside the vehicle and help us inch the car into position I’d still be there. So much for the first 10 minutes of my time-ration, I had now five minutes left to get back in my car and get the hell out of there before the pick-up drop off-charge morphed into a £4.80 drop-off pick-up charge as penalty for my non-compliance.’