Some of Orlando's parking meters may have a glitch that causes them to zero out

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PHOTO VIA CITY OF ORLANDO
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The sleek new Orlando parking meters allow users to pay with debit and credit card or by cellphone, but none of that really matters if some of them randomly show a zero balance no matter how much money you pump into it. 

According to a report by WFTV, an Orlando resident Jonathan Pickerl complained about a $22 parking ticket after paying for 2 hours at a meter located on E. Church Street downtown and received a ticket 70 minutes later.



The ticket was deleted, however the city's explanation for the ticket is a little puzzling. 

“There is actually a sensor underground with these meters and that a car driving by can have it reset,” said Pickerl to WFTV. “I requested a service technician come out and look at the meter and she stated there was no need. It was fine and that it happened on a regular basis.”



Apparently, city officials told Pickerl that the technician he spoke with was misinformed and that the issue wasn't widespread. However according to WFTV, the city was also alerted of the same problem at a meter near Publix. 

The parking meters were installed in December of 2014. 

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