UBC-Vancouver offers an easy-to-use, fully-automated umbrella borrowing service that costs nothing if you play by the rules

UmbraCity from the University of British Columbia-Vancouver is using automated kiosks and RFID umbrellas to make sure students don’t get wet under the rain. Borrowing an umbrella from them is simple. Just swipe an ID or card, grab and go. Returning requires just putting it back in the rack. The best part is, if you return what you borrow, the service doesn’t cost a dime.

To participate, first you have to sign up online. A credit card is pre-authorized but not charged $20. By joining in, your card number is paired up to your account and your ready to borrow.

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