People need to stop making the Trump jokes about Austin, because what many of you not from here don't know, is that Austin is basically Southern San Fransisco in terms of politics. It's maybe the most liberal minded city in the entire south. And as such, entitlement runs very, very deep.
Let me tell you about my last jury duty summons back in 2016. Right at the end of 2015 I became vitamin deficient, and developed head to toe nephropathy, including in my eye balls. I was 100% impotent for 17 days, until thankfully I was advised to take b12, as no doctor knew what was going on, and I didn't produce a single tear for over 4 months, which as you can imagine did my eye health no favors. I could barely walk, my hands were so sore I couldn't tie my shoe laces, wearing clothing made me feel like I was going to go nuts from the sensation of fabric on my body, and my mother had to leave her own mom, who had just had a stroke, in the hospital and then hospice, to come and take care of me for over 5 months. I spent 20k on doctors who were no help, lost 40 pounds in like two months, and to this day can't even be around smokers as it flairs up my symptoms. I also made out a will for the first time in my life because until my symptoms started to improve I was pretty sure I was going to end the madness myself. But you know what I did do during the height of all of this.
I went and sat at jury duty!
And it sucked as you can imagine, and yea, I didn't pay for parking because I had to have my "mommy" drive me to and from, but I did it because that is part of living in our wonderful society.
Ever watch one of those locked abroad shows? In many countries including Mexico, I'm sure parking for Jurors is not a problem because if your arrested, they take you to prison and then eventually inform you of your guilt and sentence, all without ever making you do something as tedious as having to sit at a jury trial. Or actually any trail for that matter. Problem solved!
Listen dude, I do get what your saying. Honest. And I would never judge you as a person entirely off of this because maybe your just having a bad day or week like we all have and this was one of those things that set you off. I"m sure your a lovely person and we would be friends in real life based on what I'm sure are many commonalities. And I hope everyone else does the same.
And I do agree that us having to pay to park sucks. Although Gambit3113 brought up an amazing point that having cities pay upwards of 30k every business day isn't probably the best solution. Truth is, I think the way we do jury duty is flawed and could be vastly improved in every area including this. And if this was just a discussion after the fact, that would have been amazing. But it wasn't.
I guess most of your problems with this is that your fighting a petty cause in front of it and not behind. I think had you just paid the six bucks and then came here to vent about it, and discuss the broken system, then probably far more people would be on your side. And you would have had the high ground because you were "victimized" by it. But at the end of the day, we are only talking about six bucks and you at least were presented with many alternative solutions. I don't' think we get to do that parking meter trick here in Dallas, and we barely have meters here in Dallas anyway, so I for one just pay the six bucks and move on with my life when confronted with this issue. But the main point is, you probably would have had a much higher ground in your case had you vented after the fact. I think few people here are seeing you as a modern day Norma Rae on the six dollar parking issue.
For the record, I payed 75 dollars once to park at AT&T stadium, and it was much further from the door then I felt it should be for freaking 75 dollars, but I digress.
In conclusion, I'm sure you are aware of both who made this rule, and who can solve it? Your city council and Mayor. Go to them if your unhappy with your local civic government. They and they alone are responsible for this. You may think this is a Federal thing, but it's not even close. Thankfully due to state and city rights, it is on a local level that we decide many aspects of our jury system. Your jury service in Austin is not what everyone in the United States does. I know small cities that have you serve for 30 days straight, but you call each morning to see if your needed. You rarely are. My suggestion is to go to your next city council meeting and voice your frustration there. I'm 100% certain they will tell you why they don't give a single F about your concerns, but it might make you feel better.
And you could always run for Mayor on the 6 dollar a day parking issue. Maybe you'll rally enough support to win, and then we will all be like "You know the mayor of Austin is a close personal friend of mine on Pinside."
Good luck on your election in 2020.