Tax on parking

I’m on the road today for a presentation, so I won’t be blogging much. I did, however, want to share an event from my weekend visit to Nashville that was, well, a little jolting.

The high school journalism conference was at the Opryland Hotel, a Gaylord Hotel property of some renown. It costs $10 to park in their lot regardless of how long you stay, but I was surprised with the attendant asked me for $10.93 upon exiting.

“You tax parking?” I asked the fellow.

“Yes sir,” he replied. “9.25 cents per dollar.”

It was a first for me, and, I suspect, yet another example of rampant consumer price gouging by those who (think they) can get away with it.


  1. Yes, the Gaylords. The football stadium at Oklahoma University has been “Memorial Stadium”, a reference to Oklahoma’s war dead … until the Gaylords (OPUBCO) made a sizeable donation. It then became the “Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium”.

    The university president insists that it’s still a war memorial name.

    They “can” get away with it.

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