A year or two ago, new parking meters appeared by the train station in San Mateo. I suppose these were someone’s bright idea about how to save money by installing on one meter for two spaces:

One can only assume that people were confused about how the meter worked, for not very long after signs appeared under each parking meter:
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This is one of my favorite examples of bad UI and a poor attempt to correct for it. Notice that the meter labels the spaces “left” and “right,” while the sign refers to “SPACE A” and “SPACE B.”

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