Ever tried walking a mile in someone else’s shoes? Tie up those laces and let’s cover some unfamiliar territory.
Writer: Sarah Harris – Photographs: David Field
Parking inspector Andrew Mack
One of the first things I noticed when I started this job was that people see you and their behaviour changes; sometimes to a comical degree. You will see grown men do a 180-degree turn and run up the street, either to buy a ticket, move their car or stick more money in the meter. I call it proximal enforcement.
You’d be surprised at the backgrounds of the parking inspectors. Life experience and maturity go a long way in this job. I worked as a chef for about 12 years. But chef’s hours are the least family-friendly you can think of, so I needed a change of career. I actually went to uni and did a bachelor of arts and was thinking about doing my masters, but bills and the mortgage kind of got in the way. I was casting around when I saw the ad in the paper and thought, that could be interesting.