Ticketed while parked in empty downtown lot
To the editor:
Kudos to Commerce Centre and Imperial Parking on their good job of managing the high demand for parking on a Sunday.
Our church members volunteer at the Kelowna Gospel Mission every second Sunday and there are usually six people parking where there is very limited space behind the Mission.
I was there on Sunday and parked behind the Commerce Centre as the parking lot was empty. I made the mistake of reading the sign that said Reserved Parking Monday-Saturday and thought it would be OK to park there as I have done previously, and didn’t read further to see “Paid Parking on Sundays.”
I’m not sure if this is a recent change as I do not ever remember seeing that there before.
After working all afternoon in the Gospel Mission kitchen I came out to find a parking ticket on my windshield. The patroller could have easily taken 30 seconds to walk across to the back door of the Mission and advise us that there was a vehicle that was going to be ticketed if it wasn’t moved out of the ot, as the Mission is the only facility open on a Sunday within more than a block radius. But instead he slapped a $35 parking ticket, not a warning, on the windshield of the only car in the lot, patted himself on the back for a job well done and went on his way.
It certainly cast a pall on the good feeling of having performed a community service. I will certainly know better next time not to take up that precious parking space in the empty lot without paying.
Whoever has invited Imperial Parking to Kelowna has done a huge disservice to the community and to tourism in our town as they are relentless in their pursuit of issuing tickets to anyone and everyone they can.
There’s a fine line between doing your job and being overly zealous.
I have been trying to call their Vancouver office all morning and have not been able to get through “due to the high volume of calls.” Probably more happy parkers calling.