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March 3, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Islington shopping basket

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When you pay a fine online in Islington (a part of London), you have to add it to a shopping basket. (See the website.)

At least they don't use Amazon-style recommendations. Imagine: "customers who were caught speeding also enjoy parking illegally."


"uhm...yes I would like to purchase a Penalty Charge...could you ship it with International Flat Rate please?" lol...BROKEN!


Posted by: krizpiyo at March 3, 2007 02:56 AM

_@_v - sweet! now i can buy off the cops online! i wonder if they'll take paypal?

Posted by: she-snailie_@_v at March 3, 2007 05:41 AM

I wonder if you get a discount for being a regular.

Posted by: globpharm at March 3, 2007 01:22 PM

>globpharm: "I wonder if you get a discount for being a regular."

No, but you start getting spam offerings for "SPECIAL! Indecent Exposure tickets now HALF OFF!"

Posted by: Erich at March 3, 2007 01:26 PM

hehehe... That's pretty funny... :)

Posted by: Keith L. Dick at March 3, 2007 03:30 PM

Would you like to purchase a shopping basket, too?

Posted by: KarmaBaby at March 3, 2007 06:32 PM

I'm going to say not broken on this one.

I think the intent is to let you pay more than one ticket at once.

Posted by: Loren at March 4, 2007 12:59 PM

This is one of the few times that I will even admit that, just because the idea may be there to allow you to add more than one fine, using the terminology "add to shopping basket" just isn't right.

My ideas for a better layout after putting in the fine amount would be more like:

Click here to pay fine now

Click here to add another fine/infraction

Click here to cancel

Posted by: Memnon at March 4, 2007 09:49 PM

I'll agree that your way of wording it is a lot better but that's not enough to make the current one broken.

They probably used off-the-shelf software.

Posted by: Loren at March 5, 2007 04:44 PM

In this same vein, if you visit to "cash in" your accumulated rebate, the website treats your entire request as an "order" in a shopping cart for an item called (for example) "$60 account credit." It even invites you to change the quantity (but ignores you when you try!)

Posted by: henrybowmanaz at March 9, 2007 06:36 PM

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