City upsets senior

LETTER: Unfair parking charge shows an unfriendly city administration

I have lived in Vernon for 56 years and have always been grateful that I live in this beautiful area. For the first time I am angry and disappointed with our city administration.

Last week a friend and I went to a movie at the Towne Theatre. We are both seniors, my friend needs to walk with a walker and I have Parkinson’s, so neither of us do well when we need to walk three blocks. Because of this I parked my car in the parking lot behind the movie theatre. I saw that the lot had recently been posted as a private lot, however it was 6:30 p.m., dark, and definitely past business hours, and as usual, only a few cars in the lot. I reasoned there would be no danger of receiving a ticket at this late hour. To my horror when I returned to my car I found I had been charged a $69 parking fee. To make matters more annoying I must pay that fee to a Vancouver corporation.

In the day time business hours I readily pay parking fees and if I do inadvertently go over the time allowed I do not mind paying the penalty to my city.

Why would our city allow a million-dollar Vancouver corporation to run this parking lot? Also why would this corporation charge me to park at 6:45 p.m. in an almost empty parking lot?

Who is making these unfair, unfriendly decisions in our city?

We need an administration that cares about its citizens enough to treat them fairly and with respect.

Helen Brandt

Vernon

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Our history in pictures

Vernon’s vew from the top of the world

Support warms Vernon seniors centre

More than $54,000 raised at Furnace Fundraiser

Lecture series celebrates Okanagan art

David Doody presents at Vernon Art Gallery for UBCO Lecture Series

Commercial vehicle licensing cancelled in Vernon

City councillors heard concerns from businesses and advocates, ended decal program

Quintet jazzes it up in Vernon

Justin Glibbery group brings twist of jazz and pop

B.C. reports first coronavirus in Vancouver region

First patient visited Wuhan, China, reported symptoms

JUUL responds to Vernon’s vaping concerns

President of JUUL Labs Canada says numbers reported in local vape presentation inaccurate

Kelowna RCMP search for suspect in violent wallet theft

The woman was walking along McCurdy Road when she was pushed down by a passing male

Earthquake on top of highway closure a wake up call for Island’s West Coast

“When someone says, ‘Be prepared for 72 hours,’ that means exactly that: be prepared.”

Restaurant owners present cheque to family of Kelowna girl diagnosed with tumour

Central Kitchen and Bar staff recently held fundraiser to help with Elara’s treatment costs

LETTERS: Environmental lessons from the Lorax

Reader discusses the value of tree planting as a high school exercise

Pregnant B.C. woman stuck in Wuhan, the epicentre of coronavirus outbreak

Woman is due to give birth in Wuhan, China unless she can get out

After four sexual assaults in the same B.C. park, RCMP ask women not to walk alone

Four sexual assaults took place in Glen Park over two months

Taxi association asks B.C. Supreme Court to stop Uber, Lyft from operating

Petition alleges Passenger Transportation Board did not take taxis into account

Most Read