Signs in parking lots an expensive deception leaving customers feeling unwelcome

To the editor:

To the editor:

Shortly before Christmas my son went downtown to get a gift certificate for his parents (what a nice gesture) at a local restaurant and parked in a private parking lot where a sign read “Free Parking for a Maximum of 2 Hours.

He did not read the smaller print which stated that this was only for shoppers at a local jewellery store.

He was in the restaurant for less than 10 minutes and when he went back to his car there was a ticket there for $60.

The person who put it there was just walking away and of course he had been just waiting for someone, like my son who did not read the small print, to pounce on.

Lesson learned.

Maybe there is a greater lesson to be learned. Here is some small print for the City of Kelowna or perhaps it is the Downtown Business Association—It is no secret that you want people to shop downtown but allowing this kind of misleading advertising to exist is not a way to draw people away from the various strip malls and Orchard Park and the big box stores where there is ample free parking.

I have no real problem with private parking lots or parking meters, but if you are looking for ways to bring people downtown perhaps clear bold guidelines at these parking lots would be in your best interests. Residents of Kelowna and visitors whom we want and welcome deserve better.

Paul Gowdy,

Kelowna

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