In my Red Rock Mystery Book there is the text:
I knew the trip would be an adventure, but I'd had no idea we'd get to go to my favorite restaurant on the planet - Carson's. I could almost taste their ribs and coleslaw as we reached the ticket kiosk. The problem was, neither Ashley nor I knew how to work it. The directions were confusing, and farther up people crowded through turnstiles.
I was about to put a couple of dollars in when Ashley got a CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) attendant's attention. I told him we wanted to stop at Carson's restaurant downtown before heading to Ridgefield.
"Ah, great choice." He put our money in and told us which trains to take and when to use the tickets.
I'm intersted in "put in" phrase. In the first place I can understand meaning of "put a couple of dollars in" (the meaning is - I mentioned we have some money and we can use it in that situation). TheFreeDictionary.com and Collins dictionary tell the same on that. By in the second place I can't understand "put our money in". Author wants to tell that attendant took the money? or he simple refused to take the money? or something else? I don't know anything about Chicago attendants but I can guess he saw kids before him and refused to take money though they offered it.
Can you explain to me?