That’s right – Parked Ticket, not Parking Ticket. In the accounting system used by the store where I work, there is the ability to ‘run a tab’ for customers while they are in classes and need to purchase supplies. The system’s name for those ‘tabs’ is Parked Tickets. It is a very handy feature to have. Unfortunately, with several employees working at any one time and customers asking different ones to add items to a Parked Ticket for them, we sometimes ended up with multiple Parked Tickets for the same person on the same day.
The owner wanted something to remind both customers and employees that a customer had a Parked Ticket in the system. She thought if we had some kind of a token that we gave to the customer when we created a Parked Ticket that it would remind all of us that one existed. She asked me if I could make something on my “magic cutter” – my KNK Force. This is what we ended up with.
Machine: KNK Force, Blade: Standard Material Blade (red cap), Passes: 1, Blade Tensions: 2 – 2 1/2 (depending on cardstock), Cutting Depth: 40 – 65 (depending on cardstock), Cutting Speed: 25, Blade Offset: Red Blade, Overcut: 38
Car shapes were created in Make the Cut. The cars were cut out of cardstock and a ‘sign’ pasted on one side. They were then laminated so they would have a rectangular shape, be all the same size, and would be more durable than just cardstock. A hole is punched into one corner so they can hang on a hook by each of the cash registers. When a Parking Ticket is started for a customer, they are handed one of these ‘reminders’ and their name is written on it with a dry erase marker so it can be identified in case of a mix-up. When they check out, the employee knows to look for the Parked Ticket instead of starting a new ticket and can erase the name and return the car to the parking lot (the hook by the register). So far it has worked well and both customers and employees find it helpful. And, I enjoy finding ways to make creative and helpful things with my Force.