Our scheduled appointment was 8:45am. US Embassy wants you to be there at least 15 minutes before your schedule.
Together with the kids, we left the house at 630am. We got into the tail of traffic at Quirino Highway so we decided to take another route. Fortunately, the longer route wasn’t as jammed as the previous. We arrived at the US Embassy area around 730am. Well, at least we have enough time to spare.
We looked for a parking space on a side street because all the service road parking near the footbridge was full already. (The footbridge is the only way to cross Roxas Boulevard to go to the Embassy.)
When we found a parking space, an ate from the parking bureau immediately assisted us. When finally parked, hubby rolled the window down, the ate said, “Embassy Sir? 100 po.” (She said parking is 100 pesos if you are going to the Embassy.) Shocked of her announcement, we said “why 100? Holdap ah?” (We asked why 100 pesos for embassy goers, we asked her is this a hold up?) She answered, “matagal kasi interview dun.” (The interview takes time.) We tried to argue with her and she discounted the rate to 70 pesos.
What a shocker really! The ticket’s print says that it’s just 30 pesos for the first 3 hours, then 10 pesos for every succeeding hour. Even if we stayed until noon there, our parking should have been just 50 pesos.
And since we finished about 930am. The 70 pesos we paid was just for 2 hours of parking. A clear kickback of about 40 pesos. Grrr…
Funny thing is, when we were leaving the parking space, Ate was just standing there and not assisting. Maybe she’s afraid that we will call her out with our parking fee if she gets near us.
Lucky her we were too happy with the result of our interview, we just let her be.
So guys, beware of these parking attendants. If you don’t have a driver, make sure you don’t get hold upped by these attendants. If you have drivers, better let them drop you off in front of the embassy and just let them know where to wait for you.
Good luck with the parking!