Reporters response to man questioning the cost of parking meter has him asking to delete footage

"So, if my math is correct, that's not an hour."
July 9, 2018 5:09 pm Last Updated: July 9, 2018 5:09 pm

Is there anything more embarrassing than arguing with someone only to realize in the middle of the debate that you’re actually wrong?

Yes. See below.

In September 2016, Carmella Mataloni reported on parking kiosks in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.

Posted by Carmella Mataloni on Monday, January 1, 2018

Carmella Mataloni of WNEP visited Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, to report on the town’s desire to replace 70 parking meters with several parking kiosks.

While Mataloni interviewed people on the street, she noticed that many were in favor of the change because no one liked carrying coins in their pocket.

“I think it’s a good option,” resident Nicholas McGovern said. “Every time we park here, we have to get change for money before we can park, so I think it will be great.”

The news segment that aired on television was rather uneventful.

But there was one man who not only expressed his displeasure at having to feed the meter, but also questioned whether he was getting his money’s worth.

“Well, the sign says that it’s four quarters for an hour, but a quarter only gets you fifteen minutes,” Dave Damiani told Mataloni. “So, if my math is correct, that’s not an hour.”

One of the men Mataloni interviewed disputed the price of parking.

(Carmella Mataloni/Screenshot)

When the reporter informed him four quarters did in fact add up to an hour, his reaction was priceless.

After learning his mistake, he was at a loss for words.

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Luckily for Damiani, the interview wasn’t on live TV so when he requested Mataloni’s cameraman “take that off,” they were able to leave that portion of the interview out of the piece that aired on TV.

Although that didn’t stop them from uploading the clip online for even more people to see.

Thanks to Damiani, an otherwise run-of-the-mill interview turned into an unforgettable one.

While Dan the Cameraman and I were doing a story about parking meters in Jim Thorpe (see video here: we came across this very nice guy with a small math problem. Enjoy. WNEP-TV

Posted by Carmella Mataloni on Thursday, September 8, 2016