So I had my first experience there recently. Going to any registry is no pleasant experience in this state, but it wasn't all that bad actually -- if you leave out the getting there part.
Typical well-thought-out MA logic in this one. They closed the Southbridge registry because they said it was costing them too much money. Southbridge was the perfect location: plenty of parking - as it was in a shopping plaza - & convenient to get to, for most in the area. So now they open a new one ON the MASS PIKE -- a limited access highway which charges a toll to use. Well they got one thing correct: they built a back entrance off Rt. 20 (nice ... as long as your not making a left turn from the eastbound side!
). So now you have to walk about a quarter mile to the reg if you use that back entrance! I don't mind walking, but I have better things to do then spend all damn day trying to get a vehicle on the road that I NEED .... But what about the handicapped & the elderly? Now they are forced to pay a toll on the Pike, then apply for a waiver of the toll!! HOW ASININE & STUPID is this??? Then to top it all off, whenever the reg is busy, you will be forced to park in the fire lane of the access road, as the parking lot is TINY. Wonder if they'll be generating more revenue there??? Hmmmm.....
While I was walking this long, paved "sidewalk", which was put in place to prevent lawsuits against the state when a fully loaded 18-wheeler comes in off the pike & flattens your ass, I passed an area under construction -- SURPRISE! SURPRISE! Even walking you run into construction. All the pike guys were hard at work staring at the dashboards of the utility trucks. Our tax dollars at work!
Then when I came out of the registry 30 minutes or more later, there they were in the same spot!
But it's always fun to observe what goes on around you while your there. It's always a circus. This time, there was a person of questionable legal status obviously struggling to comprehend the English language while trying to take the test via computers which are set up. First she asks the nice woman what a few words mean. Next, she's reading the questions out loud in spanish to someone who could obviously help to get her license to drive in our lovely "common"wealth. Unreal. If I had done that for my CDL, I'd have been kicked out & forced to pay the $100 all over again!
I enjoyed listening to another somewhat attractive woman from another foreign land try to explain in broken English that her car has no VIN #.
I almost laughed out loud! Yeah, sure, you can put a stolen car on the road!
Then I pay for my title - which I just paid penalties on because someone dated the title from a year ago - & I hand her some ones, & she says "you have any change?" ... I'm thinking "I would have GIVEN you change if I HAD change
" .... then there was this extra long pause ...as if she was waiting for me to say "aw screw it, keep the change
Then she's talking to a co- worker about how she's gonna take the change from this stash, like it was a big deal ... obviously still trying my patience so they get to keep the .80 cents!! Unreal!!
Gotta love MA ... they'll do anything for a buck .......... & then if you give 'em $2 , they won't give the change back!