The Today I Found Out YouTube channel has attempted to clarify this and a few other Monopoly rules that are often ignored.
The "Free Parking" space is just free parking. Nothing happens when you land there under the rules laid out in the rulebook. But like many commonly used Monopoly rules, most of which serve to make the game take longer, people play by their own rules. The most popular for "Free Parking" is to not return fines into the bank, but to a kitty that's won by the next person to land on "Free Parking."
Hasbro recognized this after commissioning a study on how people played the game and made a "House Rules" edition. It employs many of the rules people play with that run in contrast to the actual rulebook. For instance, many don't allow players to collect rent money while they're in jail. Traditional rules say you do collect money.
Watch the video above to see all the rules that are rarely followed or are twisted in the way most people play the game. Then either correct your method or continue to make Rich Uncle Moneybags sad.
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