Parking in downtown is tough enough, but what do you do when the parking meter is broken?

The city says there are a few things you can do if you run into a broken meter, but I think their 'suggestions' are pretty lame:

1. Dial 311 and an official will come fix it. (Not sure if I'm going to do that. The City should pay closer attention to their equipment and take care of those things on their own.)

2. Pay online through the city’s app if you’re not able to pay through the meter. (I don't want to have to download an app and take up space on my phone just because the City can't keep up with their equipment.)

3. Find another parking spot. (Thanks for the genius suggestion, City of El Paso. Do you guys go by the name Captain Obvious?)

By the way, if you use the app, apparently, you might still get a parking ticket. The City told KFOX that if you pay through the app and get a ticket, save the receipt and present it to an officer. They will take care of it.

Seriously? How about making sure that your app and meters sync up so I won't have to present it to anyone. I mean, technology is supposed to make these things easier, amirite?

Big fail on this one, City of El Paso. Get it together and use our tax money to make sure we don't have to mess with broken meters or dealing with a ticket we should have gotten.