It's not quite the airplanes falling out of the sky scenario we all feared in the year 2000.
But 20 years after the infamous Y2K hysteria, parking meters all over New York are failing because a 2020 bug.
The Department of Transportation has admitted the software running the meters had an "established end date" of January 1, 2020; it blamed the company that makes it — Parkeon — for failing to update it.
In the meantime, parking tickets and fines continued to be dished out as normal. Transport officials have yet to make any indication they will be waived; however they said they will meet with city's department of finance to discuss the matter of cars ticketed during this period.
In 1999, fear of the of the so-called Y2K Bug or Millennium Bug — in which computer systems were predicted to fail because programs which only used two digit dates would not be able to distinguish between the years 1900 and 2000 — reached a peak.
It was estimated around $300billion was spent worldwide preparing for it; very few reported problems materialized in the end.