I just passed through the new Jekyll Island Pay Station and bought the $45 annual pass at the self service station. We buy one every year or so. I was instructed to go into the visitor's center get my sticker to automatically open the gate as I passed. Inside I was told by two different employees, one man and one woman, I'd also have to buy an additional sticker to upgrade their new scanner system for 8 additional dollars. I asked why I needed two scanning devices and why it wasn't included in the $45 dollars in the self service machine? The man told me I'd have to eventually buy it by January or the current scanner on my car would not work, so I told him just to give me a refund and forget it. Then he changed his story and said "Well it will work until your current sticker runs out next December and admitted that there was a discussion going on about the additional scanner that cost 8 additional dollars. So I guess in fact, both employees had just down right lied to me when they said my old scanner, which I just purchased 5 minutes ago, wasn't going to work after January. Either that or they are lying about the old sticker working after January so they didn't have to refund my money today. So what I guess is these two employees don't know when they are telling customers a lie or they have been told to tell a lie or series of lies to scam visitors out of an additional $8 to enter Jekyll Island State Park. This park definitely needs to go back under State of Georgia supervision and be taken away for the Island Authority in my opinion. Just about everything has gone downhill at the park in the last few years including the golf courses and the food services. The citizens of Georgia who pay taxes and fees to use the rest of the State Park System of Georgia desire better. Please write you elected representative and ask them to return Jekyll Island to a regular State Park where Georgia's citizens are not subjected to these type of scams and employees are subject dismmissal for blatently lying to customers.
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